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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Personal Talk, II
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
‘YET life,’ you say, ‘is life; we have seen and see,
And with a living pleasure we describe;
And fits of sprightly malice do but bribe
The languid mind into activity.
Sound sense, and love itself, and mirth and glee        5
Are fostered by the comment and the gibe.’
Even be it so; yet still among your tribe,
Our daily world’s true Worldlings, rank not me!
Children are blest, and powerful; their world lies
More justly balanced; partly at their feet,        10
And part far from them: sweetest melodies
Are those that are by distance made more sweet;
Whose mind is but the mind of his own eyes,
He is a Slave; the meanest we can meet!
 
 
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