"And the sins of the fathers shall be"

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"And the sins of the fathers shall be"  (1905) 
by Stephen Crane
This poem was published in 1905 in the volume The Black Rider & Other Lines.

"And the sins of the fathers shall be
visited upon the heads of the children,
even unto the third and fourth
generation of them that hate me."

Well, then I hate thee, unrighteous picture;
Wicked image, I hate thee;
So, strike with thy vengeance
The heads of those little men
Who come blindly.
It will be a brave thing.


This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.