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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
After-thought
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
Valedictory Sonnet to the River Duddon

I THOUGHT of Thee, my partner and my guide,
  As being past away.—Vain sympathies!
  For, backward, Duddon! as I cast my eyes,
I see what was, and is, and will abide;
Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;        5
  The Form remains, the Function never dies;
  While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
The elements, must vanish;—be it so!
  Enough, if something from our hands have power        10
  To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
  Through love, through hope, and faith’s transcendent dower,
We feel that we are greater than we know.
 
 
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