Ah the people, the people!
surely they are flesh of my flesh!
When, in the streets of the working quarters
they stream past, stream past, going to work;
then, when I see the iron hooked in their faces,
their poor, their fearful faces
then I scream in my soul, for I know I cannot
cut the iron hook out of their faces, that makes them so drawn,
nor cut the invisible wires of steel that pull them
back and forth to work,
back and forth, to work
like fearful and corpse-like fishes hooked and being played
by some malignant fisherman on an unseen, safe shore
where he does not choose to land them yet, hooked fishes of the factory world.