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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from The Angel in the House: The Poet’s Confidence
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
THE RICHEST realm of all the earth
  Is counted still a heathen land:
Lo, I, like Joshua, now go forth
  To give it into Israel’s hand.
I will not hearken blame or praise;        5
  For so should I dishonour do
To that sweet Power by which these Lays
  Alone are lovely, good, and true;
Nor credence to the world’s cries give,
  Which ever preach and still prevent        10
Pure passion’s high prerogative
  To make, not follow, precedent.
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