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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
406. When I Have Borne
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
WHEN I have borne in memory what has tamed
Great nations; how ennobling thoughts depart
When men change swords for ledgers, and desert
The student’s bower for gold,—some fears unnamed
 
I had, my Country!—am I to be blamed?        5
Now, when I think of thee, and what thou art,
Verily, in the bottom of my heart
Of those unfilial fears I am ashamed.
 
For dearly must we prize thee; we who find
In thee a bulwark for the cause of men;        10
And I by my affection was beguiled:
 
What wonder if a Poet now and then,
Among the many movements of his mind,
Felt for thee as a lover or a child!
 

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