That’s not my belief…

From “History Repeats Itself: The Robber Barons of the Middle Ages and the Robber Barons of Today”, Puck, Samuel Ehrhardt (1889),

You close on Sundays
so employees can pray
but is it an excuse
to avoid weekend pay?

Not paying the wage
so makers can live
you take our money
rather than give.

Your chinese wares come
from misery and strife
but you get your respect
and the bless-ed life.

Business is your faith
you believe it’s fair trade
but it’s not your right
to pick laws you obey.

2 thoughts on “That’s not my belief…

  1. Nice piece. 1889 and very pertinent. It stings for true it is.

    1. you are so gracious, thank you. The irony of that Puck illustration was it had an insert panel with a similar medieval scene. Do an image search for “public domain robber barons” and you’ll see.

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