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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Sonnet, II
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
SCORN not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frown’d,
Mindless of its just honours; with this key
  Shakespeare unlock’d his heart; the melody
Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch’s wound;
A thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound;        5
  With it Camõens sooth’d an exile’s grief;
  The Sonnet glitter’d a gay myrtle leaf
Amid the cypress with which Dante crown’d
His visionary brow: a glow-worm lamp,
  It cheer’d mild Spenser, call’d from Faery-land        10
To struggle through dark ways; and, when a damp
  Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand
The Thing became a trumpet; whence he blew
Soul-animating strains—alas, too few!
 
 
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