Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BLIND BEGGAR, by ARTHUR WILLIAM SYMONS



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THE BLIND BEGGAR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: He stands, a patient figure, where the crowd
Last Line: Pleading in his reproachful misery.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Blindness; Visually Handicapped


He stands, a patient figure, where the crowd
Heaves to and fro; a sound is in his ears
As of a vexed sea roaring, and he hears
In darkness, as a dead man in his shroud.
Patient he stands, with age and sorrow bowed,
And holds a piteous hat of ancient years;
And in his face and gesture there appears
The desperate humbleness of poor men proud.

What thoughts are his, as, with the inward sight,
He sees the glad unheeding Fair go by?
Is the long darkness darker for that light,
And sorrow nearer when such mirth is night?
Patient, alone, he stands from morn to night,
Pleading in his reproachful misery.





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