In Memoriam: Louise Michel

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In Memoriam: Louise Michel

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Richard Ellis Roberts, “In Memoriam: Louise Michel,” Poems (London: Brimley Johnson & Ince, Ltd., 1906): 65-66.

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IN MEMORIAM: LOUISE MICHEL

January 9, mcmv

By Richard Ellis Roberts

 

Red Virgin! whose impassioned war

            Was waged against the high and cruel,

Ever before thee, like a star,

            Shone the imperishable jewel

 

Of Peace and Love and Brotherhood;

            And if, while gazing at the sky,

At times you stumbled into blood

            And soil’d the skirts of Liberty:

 

Shall he condemn, who, safe from smutch,

            At politics discreetly gambles,

You who loved Light and Life so much,

            You sought them through the reeking shambles?

 

Wild prophetess of Freedom’s cause!

            Who, in your mad revolt from awe,

Broke through divine and human laws

            To herald in the Larger Law,

 

You err’d: by older, slower ways

            The kingdom is more surely built;

And freedom yet shall have due praise,

            Although no Thiers’ blood be spilt.

 

But though the reckless deeds you wrought,

            Lost in a mist of blood, Louise,

Shall be forgot, your master-thought

            Shall triumph o’er the centuries.

 

Richard Ellis Roberts, “In Memoriam: Louise Michel,” Poems (London: Brimley Johnson & Ince, Ltd., 1906): 65-66.

 

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Roberts, Richard Ellis, “In Memoriam: Louise Michel,” The Libertarian Labyrinth, accessed October 17, 2019, http://library.libertarian-labyrinth.org/items/show/295.