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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Plague of Apathy
By William Watson (1858–1935)
 
From ‘The Purple East’

NO tears are left: we have quickly spent that store!
  Indifference like a dewless night hath come.
  From wintry sea to sea the land lies numb.
With palsy of the spirit stricken sore,
The land lies numb from iron shore to shore.        5
  The unconcerned, they flourish; loud are some,
  And without shame. The multitude stand dumb.
The England that we vaunted is no more.
Only the witling’s sneer, the worldling’s smile,
  The weakling’s tremors, fail him not who fain        10
Would rouse to noble deed. And all the while,
  A homeless people, in their mortal pain,
Toward one far and famous ocean isle
  Stretch hands of prayer, and stretch those hands in vain.
 
 
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