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April 27th, 2017

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"Accusation" from West-East Divan by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whom are the devils watching, gathered all
On desert sand, between a rock and a wall? 
Wait for a moment--look!--and they'll have grabbed--
To take to hell--the men they've lured and nabbed: 
Slyest of liars and a crook--what gall!
Why is the poet there? Why's he allowed
To spend his time with that obnoxious crowd?