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  • The Gunmen

    From the Evening Star, March 11, 1915. By Philander Johnson.

    “We had this old world going,”
        Said the sad philanthropist,
    “Toward the milk and honey flowing,
        With no sorrows on the list;
    We had pictures fair and buildings,
        And the work seemed nobly done
    With its carvings and its gildings—
        Then somebody pulled a gun!

    “We had ships that sailed the ocean
        With a majesty serene,
    Till a strange and fierce commotion
        Scattered terror o’er the scene.
    We went forth beyond the setting
        And the rising of the sun
    In our giving and our getting—
        Then somebody pulled a gun.

    We had hopes for youth to cherish;
        We had pride to solace age.
    Now ideals all swiftly perish,
        Melted in a blast of rage.
    We were planning a tomorrow
        When a victory should be won
    That would conquer every sorrow—
        Then somebody pulled a gun.