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

By John Keats

(One of the loveliest of English poets, 1795–1821; a chemist’s assistant, who lived unrecognized and died despairing)
WITH her two brothers this fair lady dwelt,
  Enrichèd from ancestral merchandise,
And for them many a weary hand did swelt
  In torchèd mines and noisy factories,
And many once proud-quiver’d loins did melt        5
  In blood from stinging whip,—with hollow eyes
Many all day in dazzling river stood,
To take the rich-ored driftings of the flood.
For them the Ceylon diver held his breath,
  And went all naked to the hungry shark;        10
For them his ears gushed blood; for them in death
  The seal on the cold ice with piteous bark
Lay full of darts; for them alone did seethe
  A thousand men in troubles wide and dark;
Half-ignorant, they turn’d an easy wheel,        15
That set sharp wracks at work, to pinch and peel.

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