The Politician

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Campbell (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1905), p. 284. PS 8455 A6A17. Robarts Library.
1Carven in leathern mask or brazen face,
2     Were I time's sculptor, I would set this man.
3     Retreating from the truth, his hawk-eyes scan
4The platforms of all public thought for place.
5There wriggling with insinuating grace,
6     He takes poor hope and effort by the hand,
7     And flatters with half-truths and accents bland,
8Till even zeal and earnest love grow base.
9Knowing no right, save power's grim right-of-way;
10     No nobleness, save life's ignoble praise;
11No future, save this sordid day to day;
12     He is the curse of these material days:
13Juggling with mighty wrongs and mightier lies,


14] Dagon: pagan deity of the Philistines, an idol. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.