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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
I Saw a New World
 
William Brighty Rands (1823–80)
 
 
I SAW a new world in my dream,
Where all the folks alike did seem:
There was no Child, there was no Mother,
There was no Change, there was no Other.
 
For everything was Same, the Same;        5
There was no praise, there was no blame;
There was neither Need nor Help for it;
There was nothing fitting or unfit.
 
Nobody laugh’d, nobody wept;
None grew weary, so none slept;        10
There was nobody born, and nobody wed;
This world was a world of the living-dead.
 
I long’d to hear the Time-Clock strike
In the world where people were all alike;
I hated Same, I hated Forever;        15
I long’d to say Neither, or even Never.
 
I long’d to mend, I long’d to make;
I long’d to give, I long’d to take;
I long’d for a change, whatever came after,
I long’d for crying, I long’d for laughter.        20
 
At last I heard the Time-Clock boom,
And woke from my dream in my little room;
With a smile on her lips my Mother was nigh,
And I heard the Baby crow and cry.
 
And I thought to myself, How nice it is        25
For me to live in a world like this,
Where things can happen, and clocks can strike,
And none of the people are made alike;
 
Where Love wants this, and Pain wants that,
Where all our hearts want Tit for Tat        30
In the jumbles we make with our heads and our hands,
In a world that nobody understands,
But with work, and hope, and the right to call
Upon Him who sees it and knows us all!
 

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