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Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

They Will Say


              1  OF my city the worst that men will ever say is this:
              2You took little children away from the sun and the dew,
              3And the glimmers that played in the grass under the great sky,
              4And the reckless rain; you put them between walls
              5To work, broken and smothered, for bread and wages,
              6To eat dust in their throats and die empty-hearted
              7For a little handful of pay on a few Saturday nights.

Notes

3] glimmers: little ones.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1916), p. 9. PS 3537 A618C5 1916 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1916
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/7

Form: Free Verse


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