liberal hymnI love Humanity in all
Its misery and need;
I love those suffering in thrall,
Resenting others’ greed;
I love the spiritual link,
Uniting all who breathe and think,
Together standing on the brink,
Until I give the call.

I love the Populace throughout
Its genders and its races;
I love Diversity about
In safely distant places;
I love downtrodden people who
Will do what they are told to do,
As we, their betters, always knew,
And not just screw about. 

I love the Hungry just so long
As I don’t have to see ‘em;
You say that we’re aloof or wrong,
But would you wish to be ‘em?
Would not our world the better stay,
As we design that brighter day,
And meanwhile they’d just go away
Until we bang the gong?

I hate Humanity when it’s
Assuming airs and graces;
When all those nameless, faceless bits
Are given names and faces!
Their loss of anonymity
Demands responsibility,
Disrupting ideology,
And, frankly, it’s the pits!



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