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

By William Blake

(English poet and painter of strange and terrible visions. 1757–1827)
I WANDER through each chartered street,
  Near where the chartered Thames does flow;
A 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-forged manacles I hear:
How the chimney-sweeper’s cry
  Every blackening church appals,        10
And the hapless soldier’s sigh
  Runs in blood down palace-walls.
But most, through midnight streets I hear
  How the youthful harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born infant’s tear,        15
  And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.

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