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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCLXXVIII. "The world is too much with us"
 
THE World is too much with us; late and soon, 
  Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: 
  Little we see in Nature that is ours; 
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! 
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,         5
  The winds that will be howling at all hours 
  And are up-gather'd now like sleeping flowers, 
For this, for everything, we are out of tune; 
It moves us not.—Great God! I'd rather be 
  A pagan suckled in a creed outworn,—  10
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, 
  Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; 
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; 
  Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn. 
 
 
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