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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
William Blake
By James Thomson (1834–1882)
HE came to the desert of London town
  Grey miles long;
He wander’d up and he wander’d down,
  Singing a quiet song.
He came to the desert of London town,        5
  Mirk miles broad;
He wander’d up and he wander’d down,
  Ever alone with God.
There were thousands and thousands of human kind
  In this desert of brick and stone:        10
But some were deaf and some were blind,
  And he was there alone.
At length the good hour came; he died
  As he had lived, alone:
He was not miss’d from the desert wide,—        15
  Perhaps he was found at the Throne.
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