James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

April 20

To Spain—A Last Word

By Edith M. Thomas (1854–1925)

IBERIAN! palter no more! By thine hands, thine alone, they were slain!

Oh, ’twas a deed in the dark—

Yet mark!

We will show you a way—only one—by which ye may blot out the stain!

Build them a monument whom to death-sleep, in their sleep, ye betrayed!

Proud and stern let it be—

Cuba free!

So, only, the stain shall be razed—so, only, the great debt be paid!