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SEVEN SANDWICHMEN ON BROADWAY, by            
First Line: Shuffling and shambling, woebegone, they pass
Last Line: Of fear, of hate,—of the thrice false weights of gold!
Subject(s): Advertising; Broadway, New York City


Shuffling and shambling, woebegone, they pass,
Seven in single file, and seven as one,—
As if a spectrum of all woe the sun
Here cast through some bewitched prismatic glass.
From their stooped shoulders, back and fore, hang crass
High-coloured chromos of a stage mignonne
In tights, astride a grinning simpleton
Squat on all fours, and long-eared like an ass.
"Success! Success! we read—yea, thy success
We read, O wanton among cities: vice
Saddled on folly, woe beneath sevenfold:
Woe of the lust of life, and the shameful price
Of life,—woe of the want, the weariness,—
Of fear, of hate,—of the thrice false weights of gold!





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