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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
409. Valedictory Sonnet to the River Duddon
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
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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