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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Thomas Wade. 1805–1875
676. The Half-asleep
O FOR the mighty wakening that aroused 
  The old-time Prophets to their missions high; 
  And to blind Homer's inward sunlike eye 
Show'd the heart's universe where he caroused 
Radiantly; the Fishers poor unhoused,         5
  And sent them forth to preach divinity; 
  And made our Milton his great dark defy, 
To the light of one immortal theme espoused! 
But half asleep are those now most awake; 
  And save calm-thoughted Wordsworth, we have none  10
Who for eternity put time at stake, 
  And hold a constant course as doth the sun: 
We yield but drops that no deep thirstings slake; 
  And feebly cease ere we have well begun. 
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