A Boxer rhyme-- A bit of prose-- Roman Catholics and the Boxers--Mistaken beliefs of the Boxers and their origin-- Malicious placards-- Buddhist priests and hypnotism--Massacred Europeans-- The magic mirror.
AN interesting rhyme was circulated among the members of the Ih-hwo-Ch'uan, and I give here an almost literal version in English:
God assist the Ih-hwo-Ch'uan (Volunteer Unionists)
The Volunteer United trained bands (Ih-hwo-t'uan).
It is because the foreign devils disturb the Middle Kingdom,
Urging the people to join their religion,
To turn their backs to Heaven,
Venerate not the gods and forget the ancestors.
Men violate the human obligations,
Women commit adultery.
Foreign devils are not produced by mankind:
If you doubt this,
Look at them carefully.
The eyes of all foreign devils are bluish.
No rain falls,
The earth is getting dry.
This is because the Churches stop the heavens.
The gods are angry,
The genii are vexed;
Both are come down from the mountains
To deliver the doctrine.
This is not hearsay: