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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
 
New Poems, 1867
West London
 
[First published 1867.]

CROUCH’D on the pavement close by Belgrave Square
A tramp I saw, ill, moody, and tongue-tied;
A babe was in her arms, and at her side
A girl; their clothes were rags, their feet were bare.
 
Some labouring men, whose work lay somewhere there,        5
Pass’d opposite; she touch’d her girl, who hied
Across, and begg’d, and came back satisfied.
The rich she had let pass with frozen stare.
 
Thought I: Above her state this spirit towers;
She will not ask of aliens, but of friends,        10
Of sharers in a common human fate.
 
She turns from that cold succour, which attends
The unknown little from the unknowing great,
And points us to a better time than ours.
 
 
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