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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


The Burden of London

By Henry Sewell Stokes (1808–1895)

LONDON! thou more than Tyre a thousand-fold,

Who will take up the burden against thee?

Wilt thou too fall, Queen City of the Sea?

Will all the bullion thy vast coffers hold

Under the Northern waves one day be rolled,

And from thee stand far off the merchant-ships

As from that city in the Apocalypse?

Art thou the mighty city there foretold?

But what say these, so busy yet so proud,

With the hard features of Ezekiel’s race,

Who, like their fathers in the Tyrian crowd,

Mingle yet mix not, while their elders pace

Back-streets with frowsy bags and guttural cry?

Do they of worn-out England prophesy?