Verse > Anthologies > Francis T. Palgrave, ed. > The Golden Treasury
Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
W. Wordsworth
CCXIII. The Same
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: 
  O 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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