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MISCELLANEOUS SONNETS, 1842

III

          FEEL for the wrongs to universal ken
          Daily exposed, woe that unshrouded lies;
          And seek the Sufferer in his darkest den,
          Whether conducted to the spot by sighs
          And moanings, or he dwells (as if the wren
          Taught him concealment) hidden from all eyes
          In silence and the awful modesties
          Of sorrow;--feel for all, as brother Men!
          Rest not in hope want's icy chain to thaw
          By casual boons and formal charities;                       10
          Learn to be just, just through impartial law;
          Far as ye may, erect and equalise;
          And, what ye cannot reach by statute, draw
          Each from his fountain of self-sacrifice!


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