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

STILL on Life’s loom, the infernal warp and weft
  Woven each hour! Still in august renown,
  A great realm watching, under God’s great frown!
Ever the same! The little children cleft
In twain; the little tender maidens reft        5
  Of maidenhood! And through a little town
  A stranger journeying, wrote this record down,
“In all the place there was not one man left.”
O friend, the sudden lightning of whose pen
  Makes Horror’s countenance visible afar,        10
  And Desolation’s face familiar,
I think this very England of my ken
  Is wondrous like that little town, where are
In all the streets and houses no more men.
 
 
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