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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
It Is Not to be Thought of
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
IT is not to be thought of that the flood
  Of British freedom, which, to the open sea
  Of the world’s praise, from dark antiquity
Hath flowed, “with pomp of waters, unwithstood,”
Roused though it be full often to a mood        5
  Which spurns the check of salutary bands,—
  That this most famous stream in bogs and sands
Should perish, and to evil and to good
Be lost for ever. In our halls is hung
  Armory of the invincible knights of old:        10
We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
  That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held.—In everything we are sprung
  Of earth’s first blood, have titles manifold.
 
 
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