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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Israel Zangwill. (1864–1926)
 
 
1
    How full and rich a world
Theirs to inhabit is—
Sweet scent of grass and bloom,
Playmates’ glad symphony,
Cool touch of western wind,
Sunshine’s divine caress.


How should they know or feel
They are in darkness?


But, oh, the miracle!
If a Redeemer came,
Laid finger on their eyes—
One touch and what a world,
New-born in loveliness!
          Blind Children.
2
    What a dark world—who knows?—
Ours to inhabit is!
One touch and what a strange
Glory might burst on us,
What a hid universe!
          Blind Children.
3
    Oh, for the simple life,
For tents and starry skies!
          Aspiration.
 

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