Listen here to a song about the National Library book disposals, words by Bill Direen and sung by Robert Scott.
"Petition' is sung by Robert Scott, songwriter and original member of The Clean, guitarist and vocalist of The Bats, interpreter of poems by Robbie Burns (Zelle Records) and co-worker on a host of unique band projects by his fellow musicians. Robert is playing a Czechoslovakian acoustic guitar from the Cold War era, given to him by a grateful music student.
And here are the words , for easy learning.
You, who by ambition rise,
envoys of the favoured first,
may our emotion leave you wise,
if fair equality you crave,
and not by despoilment to enslave
and not, despoilment to enslave.
Histories, brutal and infected,
(sour rain of the remembered past),
subterfuges too late detected,
suppressed and banished, in drunk rapture,
art and learning, by fraud and capture
art and learning, by fraud and capture.
You, who hear our modest request,
we do not seek to scorn, but ask
by whose mandate you dispossess?
By what mandate do you disesteem?
Mandate of crime, that gold may gleam
that gold may gleam.
(©Scott/Direen 2021 APRANZ)