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SIR W. TRELOAR'S DINNER FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: This is an ancient england in the new
Last Line: Christmas and christ profoundly understood.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Charity; Children; Dickens, Charles (1812-1870); Dinners & Dining; England; Physical Disabilities; Philanthropy; Childhood; English; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples

THIS is an ancient England in the new;
Hear how those thousand children leap and sing.
Their dreams, their wonder and their pleasure ring
Through England; young expectancy comes true,
While Mayor and Alderman and Usher bright
With robes and jewels out of a fairy story,
And brighter hearts, wish them their heart's delight,
And music shows them sudden streets of glory.

Here walks the shade of Whittington in bliss;
O greatness and good-nature, still you thrive.
I thank my God, Charles Lamb is still alive
In these new Londoners; they shall not miss
The crown of life; here's Coram, Dickens, Hood,
Christmas and Christ profoundly understood.

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