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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
THE WORLD is too much with us; late and soon,
  Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
  Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;        5
  The wind that will be howling at all hours,
  And are up-gather’d now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be
  A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;        10
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
  Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
  Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
 
 
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