London

I wandered through each chartered street,
  Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
 A mark in every face I meet,
  Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
 
 In every cry of every man,
  In every infant's cry of fear,
 In every voice, in every ban,
  The mind-forged manacles I hear:
 
 How the chimney-sweeper's cry
  Every blackening church appals,
 And the hapless soldier's sigh
  Runs in blood down palace-walls.
 
 But most, through midnight streets I hear
  How the youthful harlot's curse
 Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
  And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.

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