Concerning Emperors

I. GOD SEND THE REGICIDE

Would that the lying rulers of the world
Were brought to block for tyrannies abhorred.
Would that the sword of Cromwell and the Lord,
The sword of Joshua and Gideon,
Hewed hip and thigh the hosts of Midian.
God send that ironside ere tomorrow's sun;
Let Gabriel and Michael with him ride.
God send the Regicide.


II. A COLLOQUIAL REPLY: TO ANY NEWSBOY

If you lay for Iago at the stage door with a brick
You have missed the moral of the play.
He will have a midnight supper with Othello and his wife.
They will chirp together and be gay.
But the things Iago stands for must go down into the dust:
Lying and suspicion and conspiracy and lust.
And I cannot hate the Kaiser (I hope you understand.)
Yet I chase the thing he stands for with a brickbat in my hand.

by Vachel Lindsay

Comments (1)

'And I cannot hate the Kaiser (I hope you understand.) ' Which raises the theme of who is right and who wrong? A question history usually decides bestowing the righteous cause on the victory and absolving the triumphant side of all blame. Interesting that Lindsay sides with Cromwell, Joshua and Gideon 'Would that the sword of Cromwell and the Lord, The sword of Joshua and Gideon, Hewed hip and thigh the hosts of Midian.' Cromwell is remembered as a tyrant and destroyer by some. So hard to read the passions of such hearts, to know their causes and the consequences there of, from the edited pages of history