Quotation by Charles Dickens

The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the the land,
In England there shall be dear bread—in Ireland, sword and brand;
And poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand,
So, rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand,
Of the fine old English Tory days;
Hail to the coming time!
Charles Dickens (1812–1870), British novelist. repr. In The Faber Book of Ballads (1965). The Fine Old English Gentleman (written 1841), published in The Poems and Verse of Charles Dickens, ed. F.G. Kitton (1903).
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