Stanza 1 of "London" by William Blake is as follows:

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.

I am curious about the usage of the word "mark" in this context. The word clearly has a double meaning, as it is used by Blake as both a verb and a noun. While I acknowledge that in line 4, "mark" most likely means "stain", I had a different interpretation. Could "mark" be used as a name, so that Blake would be referring to Marks with weakness and woe? As a common name, it could help reinforce the widespread suffering the poem is about.

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    Was Mark a common name in Blake's time as well? (I think of it as being a fairly modern name, but then it is biblical, so maybe not.) – Rand al'Thor Mar 3 '18 at 15:13

This sense of mark (to take note of) is found here¹:

  1. Notice or pay careful attention to.
    ‘he'll leave you, you mark my words!’

It doesn’t look like it’s intended to refer to a name, just a simple word play (you could just about get away with using spot instead, since that also has meanings which include notice and stain).

¹ Oxford Living Dictionaries

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