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  • Hello and welcome, everyone.

  • Please enable "English -- Chris" captions to read the words,

  • like subtitles, on your screen

  • for this video.

  • My name is Chris,

  • I'm from England,

  • and this is the fourth in a recent series

  • of British accent reading practice lessons

  • where I've been reading through some

  • famous British poems for you.

  • The one I will read now is

  • "London" by William Blake.

  • Again, it's very popular and famous in the UK,

  • talking about and giving some insight

  • and poetic language about London

  • a couple of hundred years ago.

  • So I'm going to read it now,

  • it's "London" by William Blake:

  • I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow.

  • And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

  • In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear,

  • In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg'd manacles I hear

  • How the Chimney-sweepers cry Every blackning Church appalls,

  • And the hapless Soldiers sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls

  • But most thro' midnight streets I hear How the youthful Harlots curse

  • Blasts the new-born Infants tear And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

  • That was "London" by William Blake.

  • Hope it was interesting and that you liked it.

  • Thanks very much for listening.

  • As you probably know, my name's Chris from England.

  • I teach British English in particular online.

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  • Please join us and participate and invite other people you know

  • and generally join us in learning English.

  • Thanks very much for your time

  • and for your support as always.

  • Best of luck with everything for you

  • and my greetings from the UK.

  • I will see you next time.

Hello and welcome, everyone.

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British Accent Reading Practice: "London" by William Blake (with English captions / subtitles)

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