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From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> MERRY CHRISTMAS by Langston Hughes Published In New Masses (Dec. 1930) Merry Christmas, China From the gun-boats in the river, Ten-inch shells for Christmas gifts, And peace on earth forever. Merry Christmas, India, To Gandhi in his cell, From righteous Christian England, Ring out, bright Christmas bell! Ring Merry Christmas, Africa, From Cairo to the Cape! Ring Hallehuiah! Praise the Lord! (For murder and rape.) Ring Merry Christmas, Haiti! (And drown the voodoo drums – We'll rob you to the Christian hymns Until the next Christ comes.) Ring Merry Christmas, Cuba! (While Yankee domination Keeps a nice fat president In a little half-starved nation.) And to you down-and-outers, ("Due to economic laws") Oh, eat, drink, and be merry With a bread-line Santa Claus – While all the world hails Christmas, While all the church bells sway! While, better still, the Christian guns Proclaim this joyous day! While holy steel that makes us strong Spits forth a mighty Yuletide song: SHOOT Merry Christmas everywhere! Let Merry Christmas GAS the air!