The Turk

By George Sterling

Behold him! the abominable! the beast!
    The butcher of the race, malignly red
    With blood of helpless ones from heel to head!
Behold this infamy by Fate released
On gentler nations given as a feast
    Where vultures batten after he has fed,
    And trampled bosoms of the tortured dead
Pave his dominion of the ravished East.

Over the rondure of the world a cry
    Goes forth against him, as Armenia's breast
        Implores a hundredth time for God to save—
A bleak and dreadful voice upon the sky
    To North and South, and in the avenging West
        An echo of the moan that Belgium gave.

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