The Edwin Burgess 

Letters on Taxation



PROTECTION.
     Protection, in thy honoured name
     What wrongs mankind degrade;
     Aggression 'gainst the rights of man.
     Free labour, land, and trade.
     
     Some clamour for protection
     Against cheap food and clothes:
     Nor dream they in their ignorance
     Of famine's horrid woes.
     
     Home manufacturers often seek
     'Gainst foreigners protection;
     While farmers must pay double price
     Till bunglers gain perfection.
     
     And when for twenty years they've had
     A most tremendous booty,
     They'll cry you want to ruin them
     If you remove the duty.
     
     Whoever robs us of a right,
     At manhood strikes a blow;
     Replacing freedom's happiness
     With tyranny and woe.
     
     Free trade is part of freedom,
     Which tyrants would invade'
     And rob us of the benefit,
     The right of honest trade.
     
     Thus bit by bit they make us
     Slaves to protection's laws;
     And bit by bit we are deprived
     Of freedom's peaceful cause.
      
     'Tis moral wrong on cotton land
     To raise the sugar cane;
     If honest labour must be taxed
     To make the planter's gain.
      
     When toil and land are rightly used,
     Each for their greatest worth
     No nation needs protection laws'
     'Gainst any power on earth.
      
     Protection's due alone to right
     Resistance unto wrong;
     But right produces plenty, peace,
     And love, so pure and strong.
     
     While wrong produces poverty,
     And bloody war and hate
     Brings ruin to a nation,
     A colony, or state.
     
     When will men see wrong never can
     Be bound by time or space;
     "That wrong unto the least of men,
     Is wrong to all the race?" 
To: Burgess Letters

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Summary of pages in English: Land and taxation
  
March 2009