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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Personal Talk, III
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
WINGS have we,—and as far as we can go
We may find pleasure: wilderness and wood,
Blank ocean and mere sky, support that mood
Which with the lofty sanctifies the low.
Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,        5
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
There find I personal themes, a plenteous store,
Matter wherein right voluble I am,        10
To which I listen with a ready ear;
Two shall be named, pre-eminently dear,—
The gently Lady married to the Moor;
And heavenly Una with her milk-white Lamb.
 
 
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