• If We Must Die

  • Claude Mckay

    If we must die, let it not be like hogs

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  • Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

  • While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

  • Making their mock at our accursèd lot.

  • If we must die, O let us nobly die,

  • So that our precious blood may not be shed

  • In vain;

  • Claude Mckay

    then even the monsters we defy

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  • Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

  • O kinsmen!

  • we must meet the common foe!

  • Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,

  • And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!

  • Claude Mckay

    What though before us lies the open grave?

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  • Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

  • Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!


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