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THE POOR OF THE BOROUGH.
Was a sordid soul,
Feels not the import of the deed;
Methought the souls of all that I had murder'd
Shakspeare. Richard III.
The times have been,
The Father of Peter a Fisherman-Peter's early Conduct—His
Grief for the old Man-He takes an Apprentice—The Boy's Suffering and Fate—A second Boy: how he died — Peter acquitted— A third Apprentice- A Voyage by Sea: the Boy does not return-Evil Report on Peter : he is tried and threatened - Lives alone -- His Melancholy and incipient Madness-Is observed and visited—He escapes and is taken : is lodged in a Parish-house : women attend and watch him - He speaks in a Delirium : grows more collected—His Ac. count of his Feelings and visionary Terrors previous to his Death.
Old Peter Grimes made fishing his employ,
Yes! then he wept, and to his mind there came
“ It is the word of life," the parent cried ;
his freedom and assert the man;
And hast a son—thou wilt remember me: “ Thy mother left me in a happy time, " Thou kill'dst not her-Heav'n spares the double
Now lived the youth in freedom, but debarr'd
With greedy eye he look'd on all he saw,
Oft in the night has Peter dropp'd his oar,
He built a mud-wall'd hovel, where he kept
Peter had heard there were in London then, Still have they being !-workhouse-clearing men, Who, undisturb’d by feelings just or kind, Would parisb-boys to needy tradesmen bind: They in their want a trifling sum would take, And toiling slaves of piteous orphans make.
Such Peter sought, and when a lad was found, The sum was dealt him, and the slave was bound. Some few in town observed in Peter's trap A boy, with jacket blue and woollen cap;