October 2009




Nebuchadnezzar (Tate Collection

London by William Blake

I wander through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.

The Hoffman Girls backstage before appearing at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. 1924


Alice Adair and Maria Corda , 1927

October 1943. Washington, D.C. Boys watching the Woodrow Wilson high school cadets. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information

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