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Ventures Into Verse

H. L. Mencken

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Better known for his biting satire, Mencken's first book was this small volume of verses.

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. . .K" class="c001">TO R. K.[1] Prophet of brawn and bravery! Bard of the fighting man! You have made us kneel to a God of Steel, And to fear his church's ban; You have taught the song that the bullet sings— The knell and the crowning ode of kings; The ne'er denied appeal! Prophet of brain and handicraft! Bard of our grim machines! You have made us dream of a God of Steam, And have shown what his worship means In the clanking rod and the whirring wheel A life and a soul your songs reveal, And power and might supreme. Bard of the East and mystery! Singer of those who bow To the earthen clods that they call their gods And with god-like fees endow; You have shown that these heed not the suppliant's plea, Nor the prayers of the priest and devotee, Nor the vestal's futile vow. Singer, . . . Read More