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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Sonnet: ‘It is not to be thought of’
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
IT is not to be thought of that the flood
Of British freedom, which, to the open sea
Of the world’s praise, from dark antiquity
Hath flowed, “with pomp of waters unwithstood,”
Roused though it be full often to a mood        5
Which spurns the check of salutary bands,
That this most famous stream in bogs and sands
Should perish, and to evil and to good
Be lost forever. In our halls is hung
Armory of the invincible knights of old:        10
We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake—the faith and morals hold
Which Hilton held. In every thing we are sprung
Of Earth’s first blood, have titles manifold.

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