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Thomas Hood
(1799-1845) born on
May 23
English poet, editor. His humanitarian verses, such as "The Song of the Shirt," served as models for a whole school of social-protest poets.
I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from heav'n
Than when I was a boy.

And there is even a happiness
That makes the heart afraid.
Oh! God! that bread should be so dear,
And flesh and blood so cheap!
With fingers weary and worn,
With eyelids heavy and red,
A woman sat in unwomanly rags,
Plying her needle and thread -
Stitch! stitch! stitch!
What is a modern poet's fate?
To write his thoughts upon a slate;
The critic spits on what is done,
Gives it a wipe" - and all is gone.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: I Remember."
R: Reader's Digest, 7/1/1982
A: The Song of the Shirt."
N: The Song of the Shirt
K: Alfred Lord Tennyson, A Memoir," (Hallam Tennyson), Vol. II, Ch. 3

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