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2020.05.28 09:50

Song of the Shirt by Thomas Hood.

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"O! but to

breathe the breath
Of the cowslip and primrose sweet—
With the sky above my head,
And the grass beneath my feet;
For only one short hour
To feel as I used to feel,
Before I knew the woes of want
And the walk that costs a meal!

"O! but for one short hour!
A respite however brief!
No blessed leisure for Love or hope,
But only time for grief!
A little weeping would ease my heart,
But in their briny bed
My tears must stop, for every drop
Hinders needle and thread!"
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  • Sophia 2020.05.28 09:55

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    你这是什么神仙口音,爱了爱了😍
  • Rosa Mary 2020.05.28 10:19

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    @ 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😭😭😭😭 You sing everywhere 😂😂😂😂😂😭 Emotions ha ? 😂😂😭
  • Rosa Mary 2020.05.28 10:22

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    @ i will try to believe 😂😂😂😭😭
  • Nostalgia 🪐 2020.05.29 12:31

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    Those yelling sobs Furtively robs Our Mental Peace!
  • Shamus 2020.06.02 13:49

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    The following information about this poem is from Wikipedia: It was written in honour of a Mrs. Biddell, a widow and seamstress living in wretched conditions. In what was, at that time, common practice, Mrs. Biddell sewed trousers and shirts in her home using materials given to her by her employer for which she was forced to give a £2 deposit. In a desperate attempt to feed her starving infants, Mrs. Biddell pawned the clothing she had made, thus accruing a debt she could not pay. Mrs. Biddell, whose first name has not been recorded, was sent to a workhouse, and her ultimate fate is unknown; however, her story became a catalyst for those who actively opposed the wretched conditions of England’s working poor, who often spent seven days a week labouring under inhumane conditions, barely managing to survive and with no prospect for relief. Thank you for listening. 🙏💔

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