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Anthem - Ayn Rand

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ANTHEM

by Ayn Rand

PART ONE


It is a sin to write this.  It is a sin
to think words no others think and to put
them down upon a paper no others are to see.
It is base and evil.  It is as if we were
speaking alone to no ears but our own.
And we know well that there is no transgression
blacker than to do or think alone.
We have broken the laws.  The laws say
that men may not write unless the Council
of Vocations bid them so.  May we be forgiven!

But this is not the only sin upon us.
We have committed a greater crime, and for
this crime there is no name.  What punishment
awaits us if it be discovered we know not,
for no such crime has come in the memory
of men and there are no laws to provide for it.

It is dark here.  The flame of the candle
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