Song to the Men of England

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Song to the Men of England
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 -- 1822)
1
Men of England, wherefore plough
For the lords who lay ye low?
Wherefore weave with toil and care
The rich robes your tyrants wear?
2
Wherefore feed, and clothe ,and save,  
From the cradle to the grave,
Those ungrateful drones who would
Drain your sweat-----nay, drink your blood?
3
Wherefore,Bees of England, forge
Many a weapon, chain, and scourge,
That these stingless   drones may spoil
The forced   produce of your toil?
4
Have ye leisure, comfort, calm,
Shelter, food, love's   gentle balm?
Or what is it ye buy so dear
With your pain and with your fear?
5
The seed ye sow, another reaps;
The wealth ye find, another keeps;
The robes ye weave, another wears;
The arms ye forge ,another bears.
6
Sow seed----but let no tyrant reap;
Find wealth----let no impostor   heap;
Weave robes---let not the idle wear;
Forge arms----in your defence to bear.
7
Shrink to your cellars, holes, and cells;   
In halls ye deck another dwells.
Why shake the chains ye wrought ?Ye see
The steel ye tempered glance on ye.
8
With plough and spade   ,and hoe and loom,
Trace your grave ,and build your tomb,                                   And weave your winding-sheet,till   fair
England be your sepulchre.
英国人,贵人把你们压迫,
为什么还要为他们耕作?
为什么赔着小心和辛苦
为暴君织着华美的衣服?

为什么,忘恩负义的雄蜂
迟至进坟墓,早到刚出生,
吃穿和活命靠你们,而且,
喝你们汗,不,吸干你们血。

英国的工蜂,为什么制造
刀枪和皮鞭、锁链和镣铐,
让没刺的雄蜂用以掠夺
你们被迫劳动中的收获?

你们有没有闲适和安宁、
爱情的慰藉和住处、食品?
你们付出了痛苦和恐惧,
这代价换来了什么东西?

你们播了种,别人来收割;
你们找财富,别人去获得;
你们做衣裳,别人穿身上;
你们造刀枪,别人挂腰旁。

播种子,但不让暴君收获;
找财富,决不容骗子掠夺;
织衣裳,绝不给懒汉穿上;
造刀枪,成为自卫的武装。

缩进你们的洞窖和小屋,
造好的大厦给别人居住。
何必挣脱你们锻的锁链?
瞧你们淬的钢正在瞪眼。

用耕犁、铁铲、锄头、织机
划定墓地,织你们的尸衣,
造好坟墓,待美好的英国
有朝一日做你们的棺椁。...
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