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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
When I Have Borne in Memory What Has Tamed
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
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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