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Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Settle The Question Right

However the battle is ended, 
Though proudly the victor comes, 
With flaunting flags and neighing nags
And echoing roll of drums; 
Still truth proclaims this motto
In letters of living light, 
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.

Though the heel of the strong oppressor
May grind the weak in the dust, 
And the voices of fame with one acclaim
May call him great and just; 
Let those who applaud take warning
And keep this motto in sight, 
No question is ever settled 
Until it is settled right.

Let those who have failed take courage, 
Though the enemy seem to have won; 
If he be in the wrong, though his ranks are strong, 
The battle is not yet done.
For sure as the morning follows
The darkest hour of night, 
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right.

O men, bowed down with labour, 
O women, young yet old, 
O heart, oppressed in the toiler’s breast
And crushed by the power of gold, 
Keep on with your weary battle
Against triumphant might; 
No question is ever settled
Until it is settled right. 

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Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Poem: Settle The Question Right
Poem of the Day: Nov 29 2007

Comment 1 of 1, added on June 1st, 2009 at 4:58 PM.

Her poem Settle The Question Right is truly inspiring for the underdog in any situation. My late father used to recite this to us when we were kids. I am currently writing another book about 2 young men who were wrongly hanged in 1952 after being set up by a corrupt police force in Liverpool, UK. This poem not only symbolises their struggle against the British legal establishment but also my determination to prove their innocence.
GEORGE SKELLY. Author: The Cameo Conspiracy (Upstage 2001)

George Skelly from United Kingdom

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