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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Inside of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, I
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
TAX not the royal Saint 1 with vain expense,
  With ill-matched aims the Architect who planned—
  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 deemed the man who fashioned for the sense
These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof
  Self-poised, and scooped 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.
 
Note 1. Royal Saint: Henry VI., who founded King’s College in 1441, and who it is supposed laid the cornerstone of the chapel, generally considered a fine specimen of Gothic architecture. [back]
 
 
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