Shoved allegiance

For Father's Day, a verse I do not understand, I think by Wilfred Owen, used in the libretto of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem:

Tenor
"The scribes on all the people shove
and bawl allegiance to the state,
Chorus
"Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi...
Tenor
"But they who love the greater love
Lay down their life; they do not hate."

Who are these state scribes who shove and bawl?

Shoved allegiance

The picture is from Benaroya Hall in Seattle, before a performance of the work last night.


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