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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Sweden
The King of Sweden
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
THE VOICE of song from distant lands shall call
To that great king; shall hail the crownéd youth
Who, taking counsel of unbending Truth,
By one example hath set forth to all
How they with dignity may stand,—or fall,        5
If fall they must. Now, whither doth it tend?
And what to him and his shall be the end?
That thought is one which neither can appall
Nor cheer him; for the illustrious Swede hath done
The thing which ought to be; he stands above        10
All consequences: work he hath begun
Of fortitude and piety and love,
Which all his glorious ancestors approve:
The heroes bless him,—him their rightful son.
 
 
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