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Liron Shekel Israel (8/27/2013 8:01:00 AM)

Hi everyone!

I'm looking for a poem by W. H. Auden from Marginalia that includes the line " a dead man who never caused others to die seldom rates a statue." , or is that the poem?I've never heard/read more so I guess it might be :)

Thank you in advance.

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  • Laura Burns (8/27/2013 8:03:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Marginalia (II)


    II

    A dead man
    who never caused others to die
    seldom rates a statue.

    The last king
    of a fallen dynasty
    is seldom well spoken of.

    Few even wish they could read
    the lost annals
    of a cudgelled people.

    The tyrant's device:
    Whatever Is Possible
    Is Necessary.

    Small tyrants, threatened by big,
    sincerely believe
    they love Liberty.

    No tyrant ever fears
    his geologists or his engineers.

    Tyrants may get slain,
    but their hangmen usually
    die in their beds.

    Patriots?Little boys,
    obsessed by Bigness,
    Big Pricks, Big Money, Big Bangs.

    In States unable
    to alleviate Distress,
    Discontent is hanged.

    In semi-literate countries
    demagogues pay
    court to teen-agers.

    When Chiefs of State
    prefer to work at night,
    let the citizens beware.

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