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Carl Sandburg - Broken Tabernacles

HAVE I broken the smaller tabernacles, O Lord?
And in the destruction of these set up the greater and massive, the everlasting tabernacles?
I know nothing today, what I have done and why, O Lord, only I have broken and broken tabernacles.
They were beautiful in a way, these tabernacles torn down by strong hands swearing—
They were beautiful—why did the hypocrites carve their own names on the corner-stones? why did the hypocrites keep on
singing their own names in their long noses every Sunday in these tabernacles?
Who lays any blame here among the split cornerstones?

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 2. Broken Tabernacles
Volume: Smoke and Steel
- IV. Playthings of the Wind
Year: Published/Written in 1922
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