Tom’s Garland

  • Tom’s Garland

  • upon the Unemployed
  • Tom–garlanded with squat and surly steel
  • Tom; then Tom’s fallowbootfellow piles pick
  • By him and rips out rockfire homeforth–sturdy Dick;
  • Tom Heart-at-ease, Tom Navvy: he is all for his meal
  • Sure, ‘s bed now. Low be it: lustily he his low lot (feel
  • That ne’er need hunger, Tom; Tom seldom sick,
  • Seldomer heartsore; that treads through, prickproof,
  • thick
  • Thousands of thorns, thoughts) swings though. Common-
  • weal
  • Little I reck ho! lacklevel in, if all had bread:
  • What! Country is honour enough in all us–lordly head,
  • With heaven’s lights high hung round, or, mother-ground
  • That mammocks, mighty foot. But no way sped,
  • Nor mind nor mainstrength; gold go garlanded
  • With, perilous, O nó; nor yet plod safe shod sound;
  • Undenizened, beyond bound
  • Of earth’s glory, earth’s ease, all; no one, nowhere,
  • In wide the world’s weal; rare gold, bold steel, bare
  • In both; care, but share care–
  • This, by Despair, bred Hangdog dull; by Rage,
  • Manwolf, worse; and their packs infest the age.
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