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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Thought
 
James Kenneth Stephen (1859–92)
 
 
IF all the harm that women have done
Were put in a bundle and rolled into one,
    Earth would not hold it,
    The sky could not enfold it,
It could not be lighted nor warmed by the sun;        5
    Such masses of evil
    Would puzzle the devil
And keep him in fuel while Time’s wheels run.
But if all the harm that ’s been done by men
Were doubled and doubled and doubled again,        10
And melted and fused into vapor and then
Were squared and raised to the power of ten,
There would n’t be nearly enough, not near,
To keep a small girl for the tenth of a year.
 

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