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Poem by William Blake


Songs of Experience. London


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,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear 

How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls, 
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls 

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear 
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse 



William Blake

Poem Themes: London, Cities of England

William Blake's other poems:
  1. A Divine Image
  2. Songs of Experience. The Sick Rose
  3. Songs of Experience. The Little Girl Found
  4. Songs of Experience. Nurse's Song
  5. A Cradle Song (Sleep, sleep, beauty bright)


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