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First Line: Sweet lavender - pray who will buy?'
Last Line: Madonna of the marketplace.
Subject(s): Markets; Peasantry; Supermarkets

"Sweet lavender—pray who will buy?"
The rush of humans hurry on
Though none but hears that troubled sigh
With sorrow's imprint thereupon.
Poor little Virgin! None now heeds
Your tragic eyes' appeal for aid,
No beggar's blessing do they seek
(Yet incense at your shrine is laid).
You are an outcast as of old
These fools know not your holy face,
Ah, human hearts are hard and cold!
Madonna of the Marketplace.

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