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ENVOI, by            
First Line: Here lies a wretch, arterially ill
Last Line: Now still he sits in sight of southern tides.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; London; Memory; Graveyards


Here lies a wretch, arterially ill,
Who forty years frequented Ludgate Hill,
From whence, as furtively as any mouse,
He hopped into a neighbouring printing house,
And spent his days there, and his nights within,
Or slept upon a floor in Lincoln's Inn.
Cockney he was, and loved to see St. Paul's,
Pauline himself, though schooled without the walls;
And held all other places cheap and vile
Save London City's famous one square-mile,
And the last church he went to was St. Bride's.
Now still he sits in sight of southern tides.





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