Dreyfus (Coates, 1899)

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Not to be confused with Dreyfus (Coates, 1898).
Fugitive verse by Florence Earle Coates
Dreyfus[1]
As rendered in The Independent (16 February 1899):

DREYFUS.

BY FLORENCE EARLE COATES.

 If thou art living, in that Devil's Isle
 Inquisitorial and darkly vile,
Where human hearts are pitilessly broken;
  Where treacherous hate seems stronger
Than either right or law; where grief hath spoken
Its final word and asks but to forget:
If thou art living, wretched one! live yet
  A little longer!

 Outcast, forsaken, thou art not alone,
 One bides with thee Who shall thy woes atone,
And France, entangled in her toils of hate,
  Hearkens a voice of warning.
Martyr and hope of an imperiled State,
Live yet a little! In the East is light—
A pledge to thee that long tho seem the night,
  There comes the morning!
Philadelphia, Pa.

Notes[edit]

  1. Due in large part to the support of "leading artists and intellectuals," Dreyfus was pardoned and released from prison on 19 September 1899, and officially exonerated on 12 July 1906. (see Alfred Dreyfus)


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