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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCLXXIX. Within King's College Chapel, Cambridge
 
TAX not the royal Saint with vain expense, 
  With ill-match'd aims the Architect who plann'd 
  (Albeit labouring for a scanty band 
Of white-robed scholars only) this immense 
And glorious work of fine intelligence!—         5
  Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore 
  Of nicely-calculated less or more:— 
So deem'd the man who fashion'd for the sense 
These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof 
Self-poised, and scoop'd into ten thousand cells  10
Where light and shade repose, where music dwells 
  Lingering—and wandering on as loth to die; 
Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof 
  That they were born for immortality. 
 
 
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