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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
London
By William Blake (1757–1827)
 
I WANDER thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
 
In every cry of every Man,        5
In every Infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.
 
How the Chimney sweeper’s cry
Every black’ning Church appalls;        10
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.
 
But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new born Infant’s tear,        15
And blights with plague the Marriage hearse.
 
 
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