In recent days a slur’s been cast on certain giants of the past,
Who did – so goes the painful claim, despite their other rightful fame
As men of penetrating sight who sought to know and do what’s right –
See nothing wrong with stealing men, but added their robust “Amen!”
To ownership of humankind, and seemed to be entirely blind
To all the horrors of the trade of God-made men by men unmade,
And treated more like wretched beast, as lower than the very least.
And these men, we are quickly told, in skilful form and language bold,
Were just the men whom we esteem, we preachers of more pallid sheen,
Our precious Puritans.
And so it goes.