This installment of Poetic Justice: Law Poems was written by celebrated Black American poet Walter Everette Hawkins (1883-), the choice of capitalizing the words Justice and Time was his.

FYI, Baal was a pagan storm God or god of thunder; and Moloch, the malevolent sun god to whom Isrealites made human sacrifices in 700 BC.

 

These are the dread days which the seers have foretold,
These the fell years which the prophets have dreamed;
Visions they saw of those full days of old,
The fathers have sinned and the children blasphemed.
Hurt is the world and its heart is unhealed,
Wrong sways the sceptre and Justice must yield.

We have come to the tavails of troublous times,
Justice must bow before Moloch and Baal.
Blasphemous prayers for the triumph of crimes;
High sounds the cry of the children who wail.
Hurt is the world and its heart is unhealed,
Wrong sways the sceptre and Justice must yield.

In the brute strength of the sword men rely
They count not to Justice in reckoning things;
Whom their lips worship their harts crucify,
This the obligation the votary brings
Hurt is the world and its heart is unhealed,

Locked in the death-struggle humanity's host,
Seeking revenge with the dagger and sword;
This is the pride which the Pharisees boast;
Man damns his brother in the name of the Lord.
Hurt is the world and its heart is unhealed,
Wrong sways the sceptre and Justice must yield.

Time dims the glare of the pomp and applause,
Vain-glorious monarchs and proud princes fall;
Until the death of Time revokes his laws,
His awful mandate shall reign over all.
Hurt is the world and its heart is unhealed,
Wrong sways the sceptre and Justice must yield.