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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
407. The World is Too Much With Us
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
THE WORLD is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
 
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,        5
The winds that will be howling at all hours
And are up-gather’d now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for every thing, we are out of tune;
 
It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn,—        10
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
 
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathéd horn.
 

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