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Our Duty

Bernard O'Dowd 1866 (Beaufort) – 1953

Yet what were Love if man remains unfree,
  And woman's sunshine sordid merchandise:
If children's Hope is blasted ere they see
  Its shoots of youth from out the branchlets rise:
  If thought is chained, and gagged is Speech, and Lies
Enthroned as Law befoul posterity,
  And haggard Sin's ubiquitous disguise
Insults the face of God where'er men be?

Ay, what were Love, my love, did we not love
  Our stricken brothers so, as to resign
  For Its own sake, the foison of Its dower:
That, so, we two may help them mount above
  These layers of charnel air in which they pine,
  To seek with us the Presence and the Power?

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Bernard O'Dowd

Bernard Patrick O'Dowd was an Australian activist, educator, poet, journalist, and author of several law books and poetry books. O'Dowd worked as an assistant-librarian and later Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court at Melbourne for 48 years; he was also a co-publisher and writer for the radical paper Tocsin. Bernard O'Dowd lived to age 87. more…

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