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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Ely
Canute
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
A PLEASANT music floats along the mere,
From monks in Ely chanting service high,
While-as Canute the king is rowing by.
“My oarsmen,” quoth the mighty king, “draw near,
That we the sweet song of the monks may hear!”        5
He listens (all past conquests and all schemes
Of future vanishing like empty dreams)
Heart-touched, and haply not without a tear.
The royal minstrel, ere the choir is still,
While his free barge skims the smooth flood along,        10
Gives to that rapture an accordant rhyme.
O suffering Earth! be thankful; sternest clime
And rudest age are subject to the thrill
Of heaven-descended piety and song.
 
 
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