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from Wine, Water and Song (1920)

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G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton
1874-1936


Themes:  Temperance Movement
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NOTES:
This is a fine example of the humor of British writer G. K. Chesterton that is often interpreted – to say the least - as being racially and culturally insensitive. Written in the wake of the temperance movement in Europe and America, this poem smacks of racial and cultural slurs.  Chesterton would claim that these controversial stanzas are political commentary, neither cultural or racial in their intent.  

The first stanza of this poem often stands alone.  See "Feast on wine or fast on water" link below.

- S.  H. Bass    


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The Song of Right and Wrong                               Reading of Chesterton's The Song of Right and Wrong
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Feast on wine or fast on water
And your honor shall stand sure,
God Almighty's son and daughter
He the valiant, she the pure;
If an angel out of heaven
Brings you other things to drink,
Thank him for his kind attentions,
Go and pour them down the sink.


Tea is like the East he grows in,
A great yellow Mandarin
With urbanity of manner
And unconsciousness of sin;
All the women, like a harem,
At his pig-tail troop along;
And, like all the East he grows in,
He is Poison when he's strong.

Tea, although an Oriental,
Is a gentleman at least;
Cocoa is a cad and coward,
Cocoa is a vulgar beast,
Cocoa is a dull, disloyal,
Lying, crawling cad and clown,
And may very well be grateful
To the fool that takes him down.

As for all the windy waters,
They were rained like tempests down
When good drink had been dishonored
By the tipplers of the town;
When red wine had brought red ruin
And the death-dance of our times,
Heaven sent us Soda Water
As a torment for our crimes.



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Wine, Water and Song (1920) by G. K. Chesterton
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