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    William Butler Yeats - Roger Casement

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    Ted Hughes reads W. B. Yeats's Roger Casement

    Roger Casement
    by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

    I say that Roger Casement
    Did what he had to do.
    He died upon the gallows,
    But that is nothing new.

    Afraid they might be beaten
    Before the bench of Time,
    They turned a trick by forgery
    And blackened his good name.

    A perjurer stood ready
    To prove their forgery true;
    They gave it out to all the world,
    And that is something new;

    For Spring Rice had to whisper it,
    Being their Ambassador,
    And then the speakers got it
    And writers by the score.

    Come Tom and Dick, come all the troop
    That cried it far and wide,
    Come from the forger and his desk,
    Desert the perjurer's side;

    Come speak your bit in public
    That some amends be made
    To this most gallant gentleman
    That is in quicklime laid.