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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCXIV. "When I have borne in memory what has tamed"
 
WHEN I have borne in memory what has tamed 
  Great nations; how ennobling thoughts depart 
  When men change swords for ledgers, and desert 
The student's bower for gold,—some fears unnamed 
I had, my Country!—am I to be blamed?         5
  But when I think of thee, and what thou art, 
  Verily, in the bottom of my heart 
Of those unfilial fears I am ashamed. 
For dearly must we prize thee, we who find 
In thee a bulwark of the cause of men;  10
  And I by my affection was beguiled: 
What wonder if a Poet now and then, 
Among the many movements of his mind, 
  Felt for thee as a lover or a child! 
 
 
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