He created the universe
To proclaim his power,

Great conservator of woman's love,
And make gentle

The life of this world.
When one man is enslaved,

I am prepared to die.
The day, forever fortunate,

Has arrived
Upon a cross of gold.

This poem is a cento: A poem composed from lines from other works. This uses lines from the following speeches, in this order:

Maximilien Robespierre: "Speech on the Festival of the Supreme Being" (1794)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: "The Destructive Male" (1868)
Robert F. Kennedy: "On the Death of Martin Luther King" (1968)
John F. Kennedy: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963)
Nelson Mandela: "I am Prepared to Die" (1964)
Maximilien Robespierre: "Speech on the Festival of the Supreme Being" (1794)
William Jennings Bryan: "Cross of Gold" (1896)

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Trigger: 5 (Cento on speeches), Form: Free Verse

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