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The Last Word

From The Commoner, March 1, 1914. By Berton Braley.

When the voice of the people speaks loud enough
    The deafest of magnates can hear;
The proudest of bankers is cowed enough
    When the thunderbolts crash in his ear,
And the Masters of Money grow humble,
    Their arrogance dwindles from sight,
When they hark to the menacing rumble
    As the people speak out in their might!

When the voice of the people speaks loud enough
    It’s only a fool who’s defiant;
It’s only a blind man who’s proud enough
    To think he can conquer the giant—
The giant so slow in the waking,
    So mighty when once under way,
That wise men, with knees that are quaking,
    Give heed to his voice—and obey!

The people have labored and plowed enough,
    They are restless and weary of strain—
When the voice of the people speaks loud enough
    The Will of the people shall reign!