Mark Tapley

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Mark Tapley is the body-servant to Martin Chuzzlewit.

According to his biographer Charles Dickens, he is first traceable as an ostler for the Blue Dragon Inn in Salisbury, and is in love with the widowed landlady Mrs Lupin. He departs the pub and goes to London shortly after this first appearance.

When Chuzzlewitt arrives in London to emigrat ...
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Soul Mountain Blues
Show me, old one, the fragile empty dawns
That break in bleak waves over Soul Mountain
For I seek solace in the silence of the unborn
Hidden deep inside the womb of morning
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Painted Lady Painted Lady, your wings are soft as night
They give you a certain sheen of blue when brought into the light

Before I die I'd like to hear you sing
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Wintertime is on my brow
My soul is greyed and tainted
Today is past, when is now
The future needs to be repainted
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Blotting out the burnt-out sun
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Like the tree yearns for the sky
And stretches his knotty limbs towards her
So for thee yearn I
And so toward thee do I stretch my fingers
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