The Unknown Citizen
by W. H. Auden
The Unknown Citizen Quotes
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(To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State) (epigraph)
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint. (lines 1-2)
And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint, For in everything he did he served the Greater Community. (lines 3-5)
One against whom there was no official complaint (line 2)