Since We Must Live

(Livicated to Claude McKay)

Since we must live, let it be like Deities
Sacred and infinite in all our glory
While beneath us squeak the mad and hungry vermin,
Ignorantly they mock our deified lot.
Since we must live,
O let us nobly live,
Allowing our precious energy to be revered
In eternity; then even the monsters we outlive
Shall be constrained to marvel at our immortality!
O kinsmen! we must greet the common ally!
Though far outnumbering foes let us show us grateful,
And for their thousand caresses deal one life-aim!
As before us lies the kingdom of heaven!
Being Neter we greet our aeternal, courageous companions,
Sanctified with truth, while living right!!!

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