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15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Delhi/Bombay/Madras/Calcutta, India


COMPASSIONATE APPEALS FROM THE POETS

"He prayeth best who loveth best
Both man and bird and beast ...
For the dear God who loveth us
He made and loveth all."

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Poet 1772-1834

"Among the noblest in the land -
Though he may count himself the least -
That man I hononr and revered
Who without favour, without fear
In the great city dares to stand
The friend of every friendless beast."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet (1807-82)

"Some as thou sawest by violent stroke shall die
By fire, flood, famine, by intemperance more
In meats and drinks, which on earth shall bring
Diseases dire "

"The lyrist may indulge in a free life,
but he who would write an epic for the
nations must eat beans and drink water."

- John Milton, English Epic Poet (1608-74)

"The heart is hard in nature and unfit,
For human fellowship as being void.
Of sympathy, and therefore dead alike
To love and friendship both that is not pleased
With sight of animals enjoying life
Nor feels their happiness augment his own."

-William Cowper, English Poet (1731-1800)

"With all the sincerity that exists in hopes for the human race I beg all those who desire the welfare of mankind and who love truth to impartially examine the vegetarian theories."

-Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Poet (1792-1822)

"The quality of Mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as tho gentle rain from heaven,
Upon the place beneath; it is twice blest :
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes"

-William Shakespeare in " Merchant of Venice" (1764-1616) English Dramatist-Poet

"Never to blend our pleasures or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels."

- William Wordsworth, English Poet (1770-1850)

"While still our Lord went on teaching how fair
This earth were if all living things be linked
In friendliness and common use of foods
Bloodless and pure, the golden grain, bright fruits
Sweet herbs which grow for all, the waters man
Sufficient drinks and meat. Which when these heard
The might of gentleness so conquered them
The priests themselves scattered their altar flames
And flung away the steel of sacrifice."

-Sir Edwin Arnold (Victorian Age) in "Light of Asia"

THOMAS HARDY, English-Novelist, of the Victorian period, expresses the feeling of animals which face death in the hands of butchers in his poem "The Puzzled game birds."

They are not those who used to feed us
when we were young - they cannot be -
These shapes that now bereave and bleed us?
They are not those who used to feed us -
For would they not fair terms concede us?
- If hearts can house such treachery
They are not those who used to feed us
When we were young - they cannot be."

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, English Novelist, Essayist, and Poet of the 18th Century.

No flocks that range the valley free
To slaughter I condemn
Taught by that power that pities me
I learn to pity them
But from the mountains grassy side
A guiltless feast I bring
A scrip with herbs and fruit supplied
And water from the spring.

"HERMIT"