The Patriots Daily Bites of American History,The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5: Raleigh’s poem “The Lie” #8
PEARL LEONA STURGIS
The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
Raleigh’s poem “The Lie” describing the deception and propaganda of the tyrants of that era.
Raleigh’s Poem he wrote while being held as a prisoner on a false report about the tyranny of that era. “The Lie” “Go soul, thy body’s guest, upon a thankless errant; Fear not to trust the best; the truth shall be thy warrant; Go, since I needs must die...and give the world the lie! Say to the court it glows and shines like rotten wood! Say to the church it shows what’s good but does no good!
If church and court reply...then give them both “the lie!” Tell potentates they live acting by others actions; not loved unless they give; not strong but by affections; If potentates reply...give potentates “the lie!” Tell men of high condition that manage the estate...their purpose is ambition...their practice only hate! and if they once reply...then give them all “the lie!” Tell them that brave it most, they beg for more by spending; who in their greatest cost...seek nothing but commending.
If they should make reply...give everyone “the lie!” Tell wit how much it wrangles in tickle paints of niceness; tell wisdom she entangles herself in over wiseness; and when they do reply...straight give them both “the lie!” Tell physic of her boldness; tell skill it is pretension; tell charity of coldness; tell law it is contention; And as they do reply...So give them still “the lie!” Tell fortune of her blindness; Tell nature of decay; Tell friendship of unkindness; Tell justice of delay; And if they will reply...then give them all “the lie!” Tell arts they have no soundness...but vary by esteeming; Tell schools they want profoundness and stand too much on seeming;
If arts and schools reply...give arts and schools “the lie!” Tell faith it’s fled the city. Tell how the country erreth; Tell manhood shakes off pity and virtue least preferreth; And if they do reply...spare not to give “the lie!” So, when thou hast, as I...commanded thee, done blabbing...Although to give “the lie” deserves no less than stabbing...Stab at me he who will...No stab my soul can kill! Sir Walter Raleigh.
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