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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
William Wordsworth. 1770–1850
527. England, 1802
WHEN I have borne in memory what has tamed 
  Great Nations, how ennobling thoughts depart 
  When men change swords for ledgers, and desert 
The student's bower for gold, some fears unnamed 
I had, my Country!—am I to be blamed?         5
  Now, when I think of thee, and what thou art, 
  Verily, in the bottom of my heart, 
Of those unfilial fears I am ashamed. 
For dearly must we prize thee; we who find 
  In thee a bulwark for the cause of men;  10
  And I by my affection was beguiled: 
  What wonder if a Poet now and then, 
Among the many movements of his mind, 
  Felt for thee as a lover or a child! 
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