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Medieval Inhumanity - Illustration

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This woodcut illustration, from the 16th century, is just one example of man's inhumanity toward his fellow human beings. 

Robert Burns, the famous poet from Scotland, comments on the baser side of humankind in his 1784 dirge entitled "Man was made to Mourn."  It is believed to be first time anyone used the specific phrase "man's inhumanity to man."  Here is the verse where those words appear:

Many and sharp the num'rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, -
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!


Media Credits

Original source of the illustration noted on the image.  Online, courtesy Gutenberg.org.

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