Eugene Pottier 1881

Social Revolution

Source: Eugène Pottier, Chants Révolutionnaires (second edition), Paris, Bureau de Comité Pottier, [n.d.] ;
Translated: by Mitchell Abidor;
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Seeing the great colossus appear,
The big shots and the parvenus,
The generals and priests
All of them are trembling: the moment has arrived!

Thunder bolt eyes and bare arms,
Labor doesn’t act in secret:
It works openly
And will organize without master!

It says: “On the globe and its fruits,
On tools and all produced,
You laid your hands: give them up!”

“And so you come, fatal specter
To share in capital?"
"To share it? No! To take it all!

Manchester 1881