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September 8, 2011

Great Is Caesar

Great is Caesar: He has conquered Seven Kingdoms.
The Fourth was the Kingdom of Credit Exchange:
Last night is was Tit-for-Tat, to-night it is C.O.D.;
When we have a surplus, we need not meet someone with a deficit;
When we have a deficit, we need not meet someone with a surplus;
Instead of heavy treasures, there are paper symbols of value;
Instead of Pay at Once, there is Pay when you can;
Instead of My Neighbour, there is Our Customers;
Instead of Country Fair, there is World Market.
Great is Caesar: God must be with Him."
-- W. H. Auden, "Fugal-Chorus" (from For the Time Being)

Posted by Vanderleun at September 8, 2011 12:59 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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