|The First Stage of Cruelty, the first of four scenes created and published by William Hogarth in 1751|
Undated, but early, and likely to be a pirate copy, a problem suffered by Hogarth for much of his printed work.
"While various scenes of sportive Woe
The infant Race employ
And tortured Victims bleeding show
The Tyrant in the Boy
Behold a Youth of gentler heart
To spare the creatures pain
O take, he cries - take all my tart,
But Tears and Tart are vain
Learn from this fair example - You
Whom savage Sports delight
How Cruelty disgusts the view
While Pity charms the sight."
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