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Excerpt from A Plea for Ragged Schools: Or Prevention Better Than Cure "Can hope look forward to a manhood raised On such foundations?" "'Hope is none for him!' The pale recluse indignantly exclaimed; 'And tens of thousands suffer wrongs as deep.' "At this day Who shall enumerate the crazy huts And tottering hovels, whence do issue forth A ragged offspring, with thin upright hair, Crowned like the image of fantastic Fear; Or wearing (shall we say?) in that white growth An ill-adjusted turban, for defence Or fierceness, wreathed around their sun-burnt brows By savage Nature? Shrivelled are their lips; Naked, and coloured like the soil, the feet On which they stand, as if thereby they drew Some nourishment, as trees do by their roots, From earth, the common mother of us all. Figure and mien, complexion and attire, Are leagued to strike dismay; but outstretched hand And whining voice denote them suppliants For the least boon that pity can bestow." Wordsworth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.