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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
402. England and Switzerland
 
[1802]
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
TWO voices are there, one is of the Sea,
One of the Mountains, each a mighty voice:
In both from age to age thou didst rejoice,
They were thy chosen music, Liberty!
 
There came a tyrant, and with holy glee        5
Thou fought’st against him,—but hast vainly striven:
Thou from thy Alpine holds at length art driven
Where not a torrent murmurs heard by thee.
 
—Of one deep bliss thine ear hath been bereft;
Then cleave, O cleave to that which still is left—        10
For high-soul’d Maid, what sorrow would it be
 
That Mountain floods should thunder as before,
And Ocean bellow from his rocky shore,
And neither awful Voice be heard by Thee!
 

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