Revolutionaries:
They were definitely NOT Liberals or Bleeding Hearts

This is presented here only to show what these people were really like. Satanic Reds does not advocate any of this.

"Sergei Nechaev (1847-1882) (ne-CHA-yev) was an extraordinary young Russian revolutionary whose scheme for a highly disciplined, professionally-organized revolutionary movement is outlined in his Catechism of a Revolutionary (1868).

Nechaev argued that just as the European monarchies used the ideas of Machiavelli, and the Catholic Jesuits practiced absolute immorality to achieve their ends, there was no action that could not be also used for the sake of the people's revolution. Nechaev founded a small revolutionary group known as The People's Retribution (Narodnaya rasprava), which was outlawed in Russia after the murder of one of its own members in 1869. Nechaev was eventually jailed in 1872. He died in prison ten years later.

Peter Marshall, in his book A History of Anarchism, describes Nechaev's Catechism of a Revolutionary as "one of the most repulsive documents in the history of terrorism":

"The Catechism reflected a significant portion of Russian revolutionary thinking. Bolshevik leader V.I. Lenin admired the Catechism [and based a lot of his What Is to be Done on it], while the Russian writer Dostoevsky partly modeled the character Verkhovensy in The Possessed on Nechaev.

"After the Bolshevik [Communist] Revolution several books and poems were published in the USSR in which Nechaev is presented as an epic Russian hero. In the 1960s the Catechism was revived by the Afro-American revolutionary group the Black Panthers, and Eldridge Cleaver wrote favorably of it in his controversial Soul on Ice.

"The importance of Sergei Nechaev's thought is its radical transvaluation of values and open defiance of the prevailing morality. On the surface Nechaev's words may indeed appear repulsive and dangerously threatening, but there remains a deeper meaning capable of inspiring revolutionary struggle. Nechaev exuded a mystical courage and a religious passion to change reality. In this he was not too far from the mystics of the middle ages who stood in opposition to all organized religious and social laws. His apparent immorality [more at amorality] derived from the cold realization that both Church and State are ruthlessly immoral in their pursuit of total control. The struggle against such powers must therefore be carried out by any means necessary."

Nechaev's Catechism, on the inner level, can be read as an indictment of a Control System that can only be changed through unconditional, all-consuming struggle. And although written in the 19th century, the essence of Sergei Nechaev's Catechism is relevant today. The immoral Control System is still in place, only its forms have changed. Therefore a secret, largely invisible Center of New Resistance is needed, linked not by rigid organizational framework, but by subtle bonds and hidden contacts. The System relies on conspiracies, intrigues, disinformation, and manipulation to keep people in bondage. We need to turn the System's weapons against it. Maybe we can learn something from young Sergei Nechaev.

Sergei Nechaev: Revolutionary Ascetic

Nechaev was a zealot and a fanatic, but by nature a hero. As a means of realizing social revolution he preached deceit and pillage and pitiless terror. He was so strong a man that at the time when he was in Alexeevsky Ravelin he subjected the prison staff to such propaganda that through it he issued his directions to the revolutionary movement. He was in the grip of a single idea and in the name of that idea he demanded the sacrifice of everything. His Revolutionary Catechism is a book which is unique in its asceticism. It is a sort of instruction in the spiritual life of a revolutionary, and the demands which it makes are harsher than the requirements of Syrian asceticism. The revolutionary must have no interests, no business, no personal feelings and connections; he must have nothing of his own, not even a name. Everything is to be swallowed up by the single exclusive interest, by the one idea, the one passion - revolution. Everything which serves the cause of revolution is moral. Revolution is the one criterion of good and evil. The many must be sacrificed for the one. But this is also the principle of asceticism. In such a case the living human person is crushed; it is deprived of all the richness of the content of life for the sake of the Revolution - [which replaces] God. Nechaev demanded an iron discipline and extreme centralization of groups, and in this respect he was a predecessor of Bolshevism. The revolutionary tactics of Nechaev which permitted the most non-moral methods repelled the greater part of the Russian revolutionaries of narodnik persuasion; he even alarmed Bakunin....[Bakunin was a Satanist - see after the Nechaev text.]

- Nicholas Berdyaev, The Russian Idea

It is for this reason that we, at Satanic Reds, question the ability of such revolutionaries to lead in the making of a civil society, that ends up being For the People, after their revolution is over. There is no doubt that such ruthless people can take 6 time zones of 95% illiterate and primitive people and turn them into a highly literate super-power with nuclear weapons in a short time. Stalin did it. But for such a society to continue it needs to be governed, after the revolution, by people capable of empathy - and it needs to be left alone to develop by the rest of the world.

NACHAEV: Catechism of a Revolutionary

The Attitude of the Revolutionary Towards Himself

1. A revolutionary is a dedicated man. He has no personal interests, no dealings, feelings, attachments or property, not even a name. Everything in him is solely directed towards one exclusive concern, one thought, one sole passion - revolution.

2. Within the very depths of his being, not just in word but in deeds, he has broken all connection with the social order and the intellectual world with all of its laws, moralities, customs and accepted conventions. He is an implacable enemy of this world, and if he continues to live in it, that is only to destroy it more effectively.

3. The revolutionary despises all doctinairism and has rejected the mundane sciences, leaving them for future generations. He knows only a single science: the science of destruction. For this purpose and this purpose only, he studies mechanics, physics, chemistry and perhaps medicine. Towards this end, night and day he will study the living science of men, their characters, positions and all the circumstances of the present social order on all its levels. The purpose is only one: the quickest and most sure destruction of this filthy system.

4. He despises public opinion. He despises and hates the present public morality in all its forms. For him only that is moral which contributes to the triumph of the revolution. All that obstructs this is immoral and criminal.

5. A revolutionary is a doomed man. Merciless towards the state and the entire educated society, he in turn should expect no mercy from them towards himself. Between them and him there exists a concealed, continual and irreconcilable war for life or death. He must be ready for death on any day. He should train himself to withstand torture.

6. Severe with himself, he must also be severe towards others. All the tender and soft feelings of kinship, friendship, love, gratitude and even honor must be extinguished in him by the sole cold passion for revolutionary success. For him there must exist only one consolation, reward and pleasure - the triumph of the revolution. Day and night he should have but one thought, one purpose - merciless destruction. Striving cold bloodedly and indefatigably toward this goal, he must always be ready to perish, and to destroy with his own hands everything that obstructs his achievement.

7. The nature of the real revolutionary excludes his having any romanticism, feelings, exaltations, or infatuations. It even excludes his having any personal hatred or desire for revenge. The revolutionary passion, though it becomes habitual, must be combined with cold calculation. At all times and places, the revolutionary must not be impelled by his personal impulses but must be directed by the common interests of the revolution.

The Relationship of a Revolutionist Towards His Revolutionary Comrades

8. A friend or amiable person to a revolutionary may only be one who has proved by his deeds that he too is a revolutionary. The measure of friendship, dedication and other obligations to that friend must be determined by his usefulness in the cause of the all-destructive, practical revolution.

9. Solidarity among revolutionaries needs no discussion. The total strength of the revolutionary work is based upon it. Revolutionary comrades who are on the same plane of revolutionary understanding and passion should, in so far as is possible, discuss all major events together and reach unanimous conclusions. In accomplishing whatever plan is decided upon, however, everyone should, in so far as is possible, rely upon himself. In carrying out various destructive actions, everyone must act alone and should seek advice or aid from his friends only if that is necessary for success.

10. Every comrade should have at hand several revolutionists of second or third rank, not as fully dedicated as himself. He must look upon them as part of the common revolutionary capital put at his disposal from which he should strive to extract the greatest possible use. He should look upon himself as capital doomed to be expended for the success of the revolutionary cause, but he has no right to personally dispose of that capital without the consent of the fully initiated comrades.

11. When a comrade gets in trouble, and the question is whether or not to save him, the revolutionary should not be guided by his personal feelings but entirely by the interests of revolutionary success. Therefore, he must carefully weigh the comrade's usefulness against the revolutionary expenditure of force needed to rescue him, and he must decide which over-balances the other.

The Revolutionary's Relationship Toward Society

12. The acceptance of a new member into the organization, one who has proved his loyalty not through words but through deeds, can only be decided upon through unanimous consent.

13. A revolutionary enters the world of the state and its so-called intellectual world, and he lives in that world with the sole purpose of its complete and speedy destruction. He is not a revolutionary if he feels sympathy for anything in that world or if he halts before the destruction of any situation, relationship, or person belonging to that world in which all must be equally hated. It is all the worse for him if he has family, friendship, or love relationships; he is not a revolutionary if they can stay his hand.

14. With the purpose of merciless destruction the revolutionary may and often must live in society, pretending to be something he is not. The revolutionary must penetrate everywhere: into the highest and the middle classes; into the merchant's store; into the church; into the mansion of the aristocrat; into the worlds of bureaucracy, the military, and literature; into the Third Division [the secret police]; and even into the Winter Palace [of the Czar].

15. All this filthy society should be split into several categories. The first category consists of those condemned to death without delay. The organization of comrades should make up a list of the condemned, considering their harm to the success of the revolution, with those ranking highest being eliminated first.

16. Putting together such lists, and thus ordering the condemned, consideration should be given to neither the personal villainy of the man nor the hatred provoked by him among the comrades and the people. This villainy and this hatred can even be partially and temporarily useful in contributing to the arousal of the masses to revolt. It is necessary to be guided by the degree of usefulness that his death might create for the revolutionary cause. First of all, you must destroy those people who are most harmful to the revolutionary organization, and such people whose sudden and violent deaths would bring the most terror to the government, shaking its might and depriving it of its most clever and energetic members.

17. The second group is composed of such persons to whom life is temporarily conceded so that their terrible deeds will bring the people to inevitable revolt.

18. The third category includes a multitude of highly placed persons, animals, having neither great intelligence nor energy, but having through their social positions wealth, connections, influence, and power. You must exploit them by every possible means and in every manner, implicate them, confuse them, and obtain, in so far as possible, their dirty secrets to make slaves of them. Their power, influence, connections, wealth, and might will in this way become an inexhaustible treasury and help for many revolutionary enterprises.

19. The fourth category is composed of ambitious office-seekers and liberals of different shades. You can conspire with them, pretending to blindly follow them; but at the same time you must take them under your control, obtaining all their secrets, compromising them to the utmost, so that their return to favor would be impossible, and making it so that they will pollute the state with their own hands.

20. The fifth category is composed of doctrinaires, conspirators, and revolutionaries who merely talk idly before gatherings and on paper. You must constantly push and pull them forward towards practical, headbreaking statements, the results of which will leave no trace but the complete destruction of the majority of them but which will still produce a few true revolutionaries.

21. The sixth and a very important category consists of women, and these should be divided into three categories. First, those empty-headed, senseless, and soulless women who can be used in the same ways as the third and fourth categories of men. Next, women who are warm, devoted, and talented but not our own since they have not yet worked themselves up to a real, austere, revolutionary understanding, must be used as would be men of the fifth category. Finally, there are those women completely ours, i.e., those who are completely dedicated and have accepted our program. They are our comrades, and we must look upon them as our most precious treasure without whose help we could not succeed.

The Attitude of the Organization Towards the People

22. The Organization has no other goal than the full liberation and happiness of people, i.e., the common workingman. But convinced that liberation and the obtaining of happiness is only possible by means of a fully destructive, popular revolution, the Organization will, with all its might and resources, encourage the development and intensification of those calamities and evils which will exhaust the people's patience and drive them into a total uprising.

23. By "revolution," our Organization does not mean a regulated pattern in the classical, western sense, a movement that always stops and bows with respect before private property rights and before traditions of public order and so-called civilization and morality - one which until now has limited itself to overthrowing one political form to replace it with another that tried to create a so-called revolutionary-state. The only revolution that could be beneficial for the people would be that revolution which destroyed at its roots any elements of the state and which would exterminate all the state traditions, social order, and classes in Russia.

24. The Organization thus does not intend to impose on the people any new organization from above. The future organization will without doubt grow out of the popular movement and from life, but this is the task of future generations. Our task is terrible, complete, universal and merciless destruction.

25. Therefore, to get closer to the people, we must unite with those elements of popular life that, from the time of the beginnings of Moscow's state power, have never stopped protesting, not only with words but with deeds, against everything that directly or indirectly is bound with the state: against the nobility, against the bureaucrats, against the clergy, against the guilds, and against the exploiting kulaks [rich peasant plantation owners with slaves or serfs working on them]. Let us join together with the fearless bandits, the only true revolutionaries in Russia.

26. To unite this world into one unconquerable, unbending force, that is the goal of our organization, our conspiracy, our task.

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ABOUT BAKUNIN
History of the Devil by Paul Carus (1908)

"...The Devil is the rebel of the cosmos, the independent in the empire of a tyrant;...he is the individualizing tendency, the craving for originality, which bodily upsets the ordinances of God that enforce a definite kind of conduct; he overturns the monotony that would permeate the cosmic spheres if every atom in unconscious righteousness and with pious obedience slavishly followed a generally prescribed course."

Bakunin praised Satan openly. For him Satan wasn't just "the first freethinker", but an inner force that had to be called forth in people to give birth to a totally new kind of society of primitive vitality. These are not some exceptions. These were the very same people who wrote these "odes," but they were not romantics. They were hard-core anti-romantic, anti-idealistic people. It can't be overemphasized how hard-core their materialism was. Very revolutionary stuff, even ideologically. It's important to realize that back then Anarchism and Socialism revolved around each other even stronger than today. People like Bakunin were part of the "gang," and he had a somewhat important role on works such as the Internationales.

God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin 1814-1876,
The pamphlet is Michael Bakunin's,
"God and the State," 1916 New York:

Excerpts:

The Bible, which is a very interesting and here and there very profound book when considered as one of the oldest surviving manifestations of human wisdom and fancy, expresses this truth very naively in its myth of original sin. Jehovah, who of all the good gods adored by men was certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty - Jehovah had just created Adam and Eve, to satisfy we know not what caprice; no doubt to while away his time, which must weigh heavy on his hands in his eternal egoistic solitude, or that he might have some new slaves. He generously placed at their disposal the whole earth, with all its fruits and animals, and set but a single limit to this complete enjoyment. He expressly forbade them from touching the fruit of the tree of knowledge. He wished, therefore, that man, destitute of all understanding of himself, should remain an eternal beast, ever on all-fours before the eternal God, his creator and his master. But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.

We know what followed. The good God, whose foresight, which is one of the divine faculties, should have warned him of what would happen, flew into a terrible and ridiculous rage; he cursed Satan, man, and the world created by himself, striking himself so to speak in his own creation, as children do when they get angry; and, not content with smiting our ancestors themselves, he cursed them in all the generations to come, innocent of the crime committed by their forefathers. Our Catholic and Protestant theologians look upon that as very profound and very just, precisely because it is monstrously iniquitous and absurd. Then, remembering that he was not only a God of vengeance and wrath, but also a God of love, after having tormented the existence of a few milliards of poor human beings and condemned them to an eternal hell, he took pity on the rest, and, to save them and reconcile his eternal and divine love with his eternal and divine anger, always greedy for victims and blood, he sent into the world, as an expiatory victim, his only son, that he might be killed by men. That is called the mystery of the Redemption, the basis of all the Christian religions. Still, if the divine Savior had saved the human world! But no; in the paradise promised by Christ, as we know, such being the formal announcement, the elect will number very few. The rest, the immense majority of the generations present and to come, will burn eternally in hell. In the meantime, to console us, God, ever just, ever good, hands over the earth to the government of the Napoleon Thirds, of the William Firsts, of the Ferdinands of Austria, and of the Alexanders of all the Russias.

Such are the absurd tales that are told and the monstrous doctrines that are taught, in the full light of the nineteenth century, in all the public schools of Europe, at the express command of the government. They call this civilizing the people! Is it not plain that all these governments are systematic poisoners, interested stupefies of the masses?

I have wandered from my subject, because anger gets hold of me whenever I think of the base and criminal means which they employ to keep the nations in perpetual slavery, undoubtedly that they may be the better able to fleece them. Of what consequence are the crimes of all the Tropmanns in the world compared with this crime of treason against humanity committed daily, in broad day, over the whole surface of the civilized world, by those who dare to call themselves the guardians and the fathers of the people? I return to the myth of original sin.

God admitted that Satan was right; he recognized that the devil did not deceive Adam and Eve in promising them knowledge and liberty as a reward for the act of disobedience which he bad induced them to commit; for, immediately they had eaten of the forbidden fruit, God himself said (see Bible): "Behold, the man is become as one of the gods, to know good and evil; prevent him, therefore, from eating of the fruit of eternal life, lest he become immortal like Ourselves."

Let us disregard now the fabulous portion of this myth and consider its true meaning, which is very clear. Man has emancipated himself; he has separated himself from animality and constituted himself a man; he has begun his distinctively human history and development by an act of disobedience and science --------- that is, by REBELLION and by THOUGHT respectively.

Three elements or, if you like, three fundamental principles constitute the essential conditions of all human development, collective or individual, in history:

(1) HUMAN ANIMALITY;
(2) THOUGHT; and
(3) REBELLION.

To the first

properly corresponds, SOCIAL AND PRIVATE ECONOMY;
to the second, SCIENCE;
to the third, LIBERTY.

....Nothing is more natural than that the belief in God, the creator, regulator, judge, master, curser, savior, and benefactor of the world, should still prevail among the people, especially in the rural districts, where it is more widespread than among the proletariat of the cities. The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant, and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts of all the governments, who consider this ignorance, not without good reason, as one of the essential conditions of their own power. Weighted down by their daily labor, deprived of leisure, of intellectual intercourse, of reading, in short of all the means and a good portion of the stimulants that develop thought in men, the people generally accept religious traditions without criticism and in a lump. These traditions surround them from infancy in all the situations of life, and artificially sustained in their minds by a multitude of official poisoners of all sorts, priests and laymen, are transformed therein into a sort of mental and moral habit, too often more powerful even than their natural good sense.

There is a class of people who, if they do not believe, must at least make a semblance of believing. This class comprising all the tormentors, all the oppressors, and all the exploiters of humanity; priests, monarchs, statesmen, soldiers, public and private financiers, officials of all sorts, policemen, gendarmes, jailers and executioners, monopolists, capitalists, tax-leeches, contractors and landlords, lawyers, economists, politicians of all shades, down to the smallest vendor of sweetmeats, all will repeat in unison those words of Voltaire:

"If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him."
For, you understand, "the people must have a religion."
That is the safety-valve.

...But there are a few illustrious men of whom no one will dare to speak without respect, and whose vigorous health, strength of mind, and good intention no one will dream of calling in question. I need only cite the names of Mazzini, Michelet, Quinet, John Stuart Mill.

Compare the last two civilizations of the ancient world - the Greek and the Roman. Which is the most materialistic, the most natural, in its point of departure, and the most humanly ideal in its results? Undoubtedly the Greek civilization. Which on the contrary, is the most abstractly ideal in its point of departure - sacrificing the material liberty of the man to the ideal liberty of the citizen, represented by the abstraction of judicial law, and the natural development of human society to the abstraction of the State - and which became nevertheless the most brutal in its consequences? The Roman civilization, certainly. It is true that the Greek civilization, like all the ancient civilizations, including that of Rome, was exclusively national and based on slavery. But, in spite of these two immense defects, the former none the less conceived and realized the idea of humanity; it ennobled and really idealized the life of men; it transformed human herds into free associations of free men; it created through liberty the sciences, the arts, a poetry, an immortal philosophy, and the primary concepts of human respect. With political and social liberty, it created free thought. At the close of the Middle Ages, during the period of the Renaissance, the fact that some Greek emigrants brought a few of those immortal books into Italy sufficed to resuscitate life, liberty, thought, humanity, buried in the dark dungeon of Catholicism. Human emancipation, that is the name of the Greek [Hellenic] civilization. And the name of the Roman civilization? Conquest, with all its brutal consequences. And its last word? The omnipotence of the Caesars. Which means the degradation and enslavement of nations and of men.

Today even, what is it that kills, what is it that crushes brutally, materially, in all European countries, liberty and humanity? It is the triumph of the Caesarian or Roman principle.

Compare now two modern civilizations - the Italian and the German. The first unndoubtedly represents, in its general character, materialism; the second, on the contrary, represents idealism in its most abstract, most pure, and most transcendental form. Let us see what are the practical fruits of the one and the other.

Italy has already rendered immense services to the cause of human emancipation. She was the first to resuscitate and widely apply the principle of liberty in Europe, and to restore to humanity its titles to nobility: industry, commerce, poetry, the arts, the positive sciences, and free thought. Crushed since by three centuries of imperial and papal despotism, and dragged in the mud by her governing bourgeoisie, she reappears today, it is true, in a very degraded condition in comparison with what she once was. And yet how much she differs from Germany! In Italy, in spite of this decline - temporary let us hope - one may live and breathe humanly, surrounded by a people which seems to be born for liberty. Italy, even bourgeois Italy, can point with pride to men like Mazzini and Garibaldi. .In Germany one breathes the atmosphere of an immense political and social slavery, philosophically explained and accepted by a great people with deliberate resignation and free will. Her heroes - I speak always of present Germany, not of the Germany of the future; of aristocratic, bureaucratic, political and bourgeoisie Germany, not of the Germany of the prolétaires - her heroes are quite the opposite of Mazzini and Garibaldi: they are William I., that ferocious and ingenuous representative of the Protestant God, Messrs, Bismarck and Moltke, Generals Manteuffel and Werder. In all her international relations Germany, from the beginning of her existence, has been slowly, systematically invading, conquering, ever ready to extend her own voluntary enslavement into the territory of her neighbors; and, since her definitive establishment as a unitary power, she has become a menace, a danger to the liberty of entire Europe. Today Germany is servility brutal and triumphant.

Man, like all the rest of nature, is an entirely material being. The mind, the facility of thinking, of receiving and reflecting upon different external and internal sensations, of remembering them when they have passed and reproducing them by the imagination, of comparing and distinguishing them, of abstracting determinations common to them and thus creating general concepts, and finally of forming ideas by grouping and combining concepts according to different methods - intelligence, in a word, sole creator of our whole, ideal world, is a property of the animal body and especially of the quite material organism of the brain.

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A few facts from: THE SCARLET AND THE BEAST: An Encyclopedia of Conspiracy History - John Daniel (hostile source, but accurate nonetheless on some of this.)

Chapter 19: The Russian Masonic Revolution: Freemasonry's plan to experiment with communism; Russia targeted in 1843 for the communist experiment; century of Masonic intrigue in Russia; Grand Orient Freemason and Satanist Mikhail Bakunin [1870's] prepares for communist revolution in Russia; Grand Orient Freemason Vladimir Lenin carries Bakunin's banner; Rosicrucian Freemason Joseph Stalin* robs banks [1903 - 1905] to fund Lenin's revolution; Grand Orient Freemason Leon Trotsky at odds with Lenin; two Russian Revolutions of 1917, socialist in February - communist in October; communists slaughtter 50 million** middle and upper class Russians between 1919 and 1938; USSR, first Grand Orient Masonic State; English Freemasonry's 59-year project to destroy Soviet Union; English Freemason Kim Philby defects to Russia [1962] (i.e., Krushchev) with instructions to bring to power a communist who will dissolve the Soviet Union; USSR dissolved by Mikhail Gorbachev [1991].

*It is not true that Stalin was any kind of Freemason. But he opposed Trotsky and never really understood the FULLNESS of what the term "Trotskyite" really meant. It was way bigger than Trotsky. Stalin was really for the people, the workers. And he hunted many of these others down and had them murdered.

**The number, 50 million, is in no way supported by the now open archival facts.

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Recollections on Marx and Engels
Written: 1869 - 71
Source: Bakunin on Anarchy, p. 25-6 (by James Guillaume)

Regarding Proudhon: Though he (Marx) did not originate it- it was to a greater or lesser extent formulated before him by many others- to Marx belongs the credit for solidly establishing it as the basis for an economic system. On the other hand, Proudhon understood and felt liberty much better than he. Proudhon, when not obsessed with metaphysical doctrine, was a revolutionary by instinct; he adored Satan and proclaimed Anarchy.

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WILD SONGS by Karl Marx
Written in 1837 First published in the Athenaum.
Zeitschrift fur das gebildete Deutschland, January 23, 1841

I. THE FIDDLER

The Fiddler saws the strings,
His light brown hair he tosses and flings.
He carries a sabre at his side,
He wears a pleated habit wide.
"Fiddler, why that frantic sound?
Why do you gaze so wildly round?
Why leaps your blood, like the surging sea?
What drives your bow so desperately?"
"Why do I fiddle? Or the wild waves roar?
That they might pound the rocky shore,
That eye be blinded, that bosom swell,
That Soul's cry carry down to Hell."
"Fiddler, with scorn you rend your heart.
A radiant God lent you your art,
To dazzle with waves of melody,
To soar to the star-dance in the sky."
"How so! I plunge, plunge without fail
My blood-black sabre into your soul.
That art God neither wants nor wists,
It leaps to the brain from Hell's black mists.
"Till heart's bewitched, till senses reel:
With Satan I have struck my deal.
He chalks the signs, beats time for me,
I play the death march fast and free.
"I must play dark, I must play light,
Till bowstrings break my heart outright."
The Fiddler saws the strings,
His light brown hair he tosses and flings.
He carries a sabre at his side,
He wears a pleated habit wide.

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