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A Capitalist At Dinner

  1. An ugly figure, heavy, overfed,

  2. Settles uneasily into a chair;

  3. Nervously he mops his pimply pink bald head,

  4. Frowns at the fawning waiter standing near.

  5. The entire service tries its best to please

  6. This overpampered piece of broken-health,

  7. Who sits there thoughtless, querulous, obese,

  8. Wrapped in his sordid visions of vast wealth.

  9. Great God! if creatures like this money-fool,

  10. Who hold the service of mankind so cheap,

  11. Over the people must forever rule,

  12. Driving them at their will like helpless sheep—

  13. Then let proud mothers cease from giving birth;

  14. Let human beings perish from the earth.


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