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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
410. Composed at Neidpath Castle, the Property of Lord Queensberry
 
[1803]
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
DEGENERATE Douglas! oh, the unworthy lord!
Whom mere despite of heart could so far please
And love of havoc, (for with such disease
Fame taxes him,) that he could send forth word
 
To level with the dust a noble horde,        5
A brotherhood of venerable trees,
Leaving an ancient dome, and towers like these,
Beggar’d and outraged!—Many hearts deplored
 
The fate of those old trees; and oft with pain
The traveller at this day will stop and gaze        10
On wrongs, which Nature scarcely seems to heed:
 
For shelter’d places, bosoms, nooks, and bays,
And the pure mountains, and the gentle Tweed,
And the green silent pastures, yet remain.
 

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