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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
408. Within King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
TAX not the royal Saint with vain expense,
With ill-match’d aims the Architect who plann’d
(Albeit labouring for a scanty band
Of white-robed Scholars only) this immense
 
And glorious work of fine intelligence!        5
—Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore
Of nicely-calculated less or more:—
So deem’d the man who fashion’d for the sense
 
These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof
Self-poised, and scoop’d into ten thousand cells        10
Where light and shade repose, where music dwells
 
Lingering and wandering on as loth to die—
Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
That they were born for immortality.
 

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