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

By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

(Contemporary English poet of the lives of the poor)
SNUG in my easy chair,
  I stirred the fire to flame.
Fantastically fair
  The flickering fancies came,
Born of heart’s desire:        5
  Amber woodlands streaming;
  Topaz islands dreaming,
  Sunset-cities gleaming,
Spire on burning spire;
  Ruddy-windowed taverns;        10
Sunshine-spilling wines;
  Crystal-lighted caverns
Of Golconda’s mines;
  Summers, unreturning;
  Passion’s crater yearning;        15
  Troy, the ever-burning;
Shelley’s lustral pyre;
  Dragon-eyes, unsleeping;
  Witches’ cauldrons leaping;
  Golden galleys sweeping        20
Out from sea-walled Tyre:
  Fancies, fugitive and fair,
  Flashed with winging through the air;
  Till, dazzled by the drowsy glare,
I shut my eyes to heat and light;        25
And saw, in sudden night,
Crouched in the dripping dark,
With streaming shoulders stark,
The man who hews the coal to feed my fire.
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