London: William Blake, illustration from Songs of Experience, 1794, in Copy AA of Songs of Innocence and Experience, 1826 (Blake Archive, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd 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-forg'd manacles I hear.
How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every black'ning Church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.
But most, thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new born Infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.
William Blake (detail): Thomas Phillips, 1807 (National Portrait Gallery, London)
London: William Blake, 1792 (with revisions from notebook draft: ll. 1-2, 'dirty' emended to 'charter'd' = incorporated under royal sanction for charter companies; final stanza added)