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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
405. The Same
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
MILTON! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
 
Have forfeited their ancient English dower        5
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men:
O! raise us up, return to us again;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
 
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea,        10
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free;
 
So didst thou travel on life’s common way
In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
 

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