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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCXLVII. Composed at Neidpath Castle,
the Property of Lord Queensberry, 1803
 
DEGENERATE Douglas! O the unworthy lord! 
  Whom mere despite of heart could so far please 
  And love of havoc (for with such disease 
Fame taxes him) that he could send forth word 
To level with the dust a noble horde,         5
  A brotherhood of venerable trees, 
  Leaving an ancient dome, and towers like these, 
Beggar'd and outraged!—Many hearts deplored 
The fate of those old trees; and oft with pain 
  The traveller at this day will stop and gaze  10
On wrongs, which Nature scarcely seems to heed: 
  For shelter'd places, bosoms, nooks, and bays, 
And the pure mountains, and the gentle Tweed, 
And the green silent pastures, yet remain. 
 
 
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