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

By Harold Monro

(Contemporary English poet)
HE’S something in the city. Who shall say
  His fortune was not honorably won?
Few people can afford to give away
  As he, or help the poor as he has done.
Neat in his habits, temperate in his life:        5
  Oh, who shall dare his character besmirch?
He scarcely ever quarrels with his wife,
  And every Sabbath strictly goes to church.
He helps the village club, and in the town
  Attends parochial meetings once a week,        10
Pays for each purchase ready-money down:
  Is anyone against him?—Who will speak?
There is a widow somewhere in the north,
  On whom slow ruin gradually fell,
While she, believing that her God was wroth,        15
  Suffered without a word—or she might tell.
And there’s a beggar somewhere in the west,
  Whose fortune vanished gradually away:
Now he but drags his limbs in horror lest
  Starvation feed on them—or he might say.        20
And there are children stricken with disease,
  Too ignorant to curse him, or too weak.
In a true portrait of him all of these
  Must figure in the background—they shall speak.

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