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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Lear
 
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
 
A POOR old king with sorrow for my crown,
Thron’d upon straw, and mantled with the wind—
For pity, my own tears have made me blind
That I might never see my children’s frown;
And maybe madness like a friend has thrown        5
A folded fillet over my dark mind,
So that unkindly speech may sound for kind,—
Albeit I know not.—I am childish grown,
And have not gold to purchase wit withal,
I that have once maintain’d most royal state,        10
A very bankrupt now that may not call
My child, my child—all-beggar’d save in tears,
Wherewith I daily weep an old man’s fate,
Foolish—and blind—and overcome with years!
 

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