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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
404. London, MDCCCII
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
O FRIEND! I know not which way I must look
For comfort, being, as I am, opprest
To think that now our life is only drest
For show; mean handi-work of craftsman, cook,
 
Or groom!—We must run glittering like a brook        5
In the open sunshine, or we are unblest;
The wealthiest man among us is the best:
No grandeur now in nature or in book
 
Delights us. Rapine, avarice, expense,
This is idolatry; and these we adore:        10
Plain living and high thinking are no more:
 
The homely beauty of the good old cause
Is gone; our peace, our fearful innocence,
And pure religion breathing household laws.
 

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