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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
396. The Inner Vision
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
MOST sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
To pace the ground, if path there be or none
While a fair region round the Traveller lies
Which he forbears again to look upon;
 
Pleased rather with some soft ideal scene        5
The work of Fancy, or some happy tone
Of meditation, slipping in between
The beauty coming and the beauty gone.
 
—If Thought and Love desert us, from that day
Let us break off all commerce with the Muse:        10
With Thought and Love companions of our way—
 
Whate’er the senses take or may refuse,—
The Mind’s internal heaven shall shed her dews
Of inspiration on the humblest lay.
 

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