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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
411. Admonition to a Traveller
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
YES, there is holy pleasure in thine eye!
—The lovely cottage in the guardian nook
Hath stirr’d thee deeply; with its own dear brook,
Its own small pasture, almost its own sky!
 
But covet not the abode; O do not sigh        5
As many do, repining while they look;
Intruders who would tear from Nature’s book
This precious leaf with harsh impiety:
 
—Think what the home must be if it were thine,
Even thine, though few thy wants!—Roof, window, door,        10
The very flowers are sacred to the Poor,
 
The roses to the porch which they entwine:
Yea, all that now enchants thee, from the day
On which it should be touch’d would melt away!
 

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