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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
Mother Wept

By Joseph Skipsey

(Contemporary English poet, whose work possesses a quaint simplicity, often suggesting Blake)
 
MOTHER wept, and father sighed;
  With delight a-glow
Cried the lad, “Tomorrow,” cried,
  “To the pit I go.”
 
Up and down the place he sped,—        5
  Greeted old and young;
Far and wide the tidings spread;
  Clapped his hands and sung.
 
Came his cronies; some to gaze
  Rapt in wonder; some        10
Free with counsel; some with praise;
  Some with envy dumb.
 
“May he,” many a gossip cried,
  “Be from peril kept;”
Father hid his face and sighed,        15
  Mother turned and wept.
 
 
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