Punch,  17 (1849), 111.

An Elegy, Written in a London Churchyard

A Tradesman in the Vicinity




Disease, Electricity, Public Health, Sanitation

    Describing the fatal diseases surrounding London's crowded graveyards, observes that 'in this revolting place are laid [...] Hands, by whose grasp contagion was conveyed, / As sure as electricity by wire'. Notes that these graveyards 'Full many a gas of direst power unclean' and 'Full many a poison, born to kill unseen / And spread its rankness in the neighbouring air'. Adds that 'Some district Surgeon, that with dauntless breast / The epidemic 'mongst the poor withstood, / Some brave, humane Physician here may rest'.

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