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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
London
West London
Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
 
CROUCHED 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 laboring men, whose work lay somewhere there,        5
Passed opposite; she touched her girl, who hied
Across, and begged, 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 succor which attends
The unknown little from the unknowing great,
And points us to a better time than ours.
 
 
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