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William Blake (1757-1827)

1I wander thro' each charter'd street,

2Near where the charter'd Thames does flow,

3And mark in every face I meet

4Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

5In every cry of every Man,

6In every Infant's cry of fear,

7In every voice, in every ban,

8The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.

9How the Chimney-sweeper's cry

10Every black'ning Church appalls;

11And the hapless Soldier's sigh

12Runs in blood down Palace walls.

13But most thro' midnight streets I hear

14How the youthful Harlot's curse

15Blasts the new born Infant's tear,

16And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

Rhyme and Tone:

The rhyme scheme is ABAB-CDCD-EFEF-GHGH

The tone is anger towards the curch, the king, the institutions that man makes. He is sad at what the society has come to.

diction: flow, ban, curse