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From The Garden of The Prophet

“Pity the nation
that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation
that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread
it does not harvest.
Pity the nation
that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems
the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity a nation
that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits
in its awakening.
Pity the nation
that raises not its voice
save when
it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save
when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation
whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art
of patching and mimicking.