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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
London, 1802
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
MILTON! thou should’st be living at this hour:
  England hath need of thee: she is a fen
  Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower        5
  Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
  O raise us up, return to us again,
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power!
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
  Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:        10
  Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
  So didst thou travel on life’s common way,
In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart
  The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
 
 
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