From the Evening Star, April 19, 1913. By Philander Johnson. They say our legislature Is going to find a way To conquer human nature And drive its faults away; To shield us from oppression— Although with some regret We note this sad confession: It never happened yet. Mankind has ever striven For sweet Perfection’s state. All power has been given To kings and princes great. On soldiers, saints and others Its hopes the world has set To make men dwell as brothers; It never happened yet.