hoping someone can help me out with the author/title of the poem with the following lines. it must be fairly old-ish as it is an 82 year old man who has asked me to make this enquiry and he learnt it at school:
"only a penny a box he said but the gentleman turned away his head as if he shrank from the squalid smile of the barefoot boy by his side"
if it's obvious - please excuse my ignorance!
It's not coming up immediately- time for more digging. Makes me think of the 'Little Match Girl' fable, and some of the Horatio Alger stories.