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VISTAS OF LABOR: 3. IN A SWEATSHOP, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pent in, and sickening for one wholesome draught
Last Line: That on the morrow they must meet again.
Subject(s): God; Home; Justice; Sin; Soul; Sweatshops; Sweating System


PENT in, and sickening for one wholesome draught
Of air, -- God's gift that cities sell so dear, --
They stitch and stitch. The dim lights fall upon
Their bodies, hollowed bosoms and dead eyes.
Their very mirth is horrible to hear,
It is so joyless! Every needle-stroke
Knits into dainty fabrics that shall go
Where Fashion flaunts, the protest and the pain
Of ravaged lives, of souls denied their food.

At last the clock-stroke! From the beetling shop
The prisoners file, and up and down the street
Scatter to hutches humorists call Home,
To sin, to die, or, if it may be, clutch
Some pleasure fierce enough to drown the thought
That on the morrow they must meet again.





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