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Mine and Thine

Written by: William Morris | Biography
 | Quotes (6) |
 Two words about the world we see, 
And nought but Mine and Thine they be. 
Ah! might we drive them forth and wide 
With us should rest and peace abide; 
All free, nought owned of goods and gear, 
By men and women though it were 
Common to all all wheat and wine 
Over the seas and up the Rhine. 
No manslayer then the wide world o'er 
When Mine and Thine are known no more. 

Yea, God, well counselled for our health, 
Gave all this fleeting earthly wealth 
A common heritage to all, 
That men might feed them therewithal, 
And clothe their limbs and shoe their feet 
And live a simple life and sweet. 
But now so rageth greediness 
That each desireth nothing less 
Than all the world, and all his own, 
And all for him and him alone.