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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
London, 1802
By 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;
  Oh! 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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