Verse > William Wordsworth > Complete Poetical Works
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

V. CONTINUED

          COMPLACENT Fictions were they, yet the same
          Involved a history of no doubtful sense,
          History that proves by inward evidence
          From what a precious source of truth it came.
          Ne'er could the boldest Eulogist have dared
          Such deeds to paint, such characters to frame,
          But for coeval sympathy prepared
          To greet with instant faith their loftiest claim.
          None but a noble people could have loved
          Flattery in Ancient Rome's pure-minded style:               10
          Not in like sort the Runic Scald was moved;
          He, nursed 'mid savage passions that defile
          Humanity, sang feats that well might call
          For the blood-thirsty mead of Odin's riotous Hall.


CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors