Stephen Spender quotes

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Far far from gusty waves, these children's faces.
Like rootless weeds the torn hair round their paleness.
Unless, governor, teacher inspector, visitor,
This map becomes their window and these windows
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Surely Shakespeare is wicked, the map a bad example
With ships and sun and love tempting them to steal--
On their slag heap, these children
Wear skins peeped through by bones and spectacles of steel
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I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul's history
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The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre.
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Eye, gazelle, delicate wanderer,
Drinker of horizon's fluid line;
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Death to the killers, bringing light to life.
I say, stamping the words with emphasis,
Drink from here energy and only energy,
No one
Shall hunger: Man shall spend equally.
Our goal which we compel: Man shall be man.
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