27 Nov 2008

Anonymous

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose

The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine

The poor and wretched don't escaoe
If they conspire the law to break
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law

The law locks up the man or the woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And gesse will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back


15th century poem against the enclosure movement, who fenced off common land and turned it into private property.

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