Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)

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  • 1Yes, though He well may tremble at the sound
  • 2Of his own voice, who from the judgment-seat
  • 3Sends the pale Convict to his last retreat
  • 4In death; though Listeners shudder all around,
  • 5They know the dread requital's source profound;
  • 6Nor is, they feel, its wisdom obsolete—
  • 7(Would that it were!) the sacrifice unmeet
  • 8For Christian Faith. But hopeful signs abound;
  • 9The social rights of man breathe purer air;
  • pg 14110Religion deepens her preventive care;
  • 11Then, moved by needless fear of past abuse,
  • 12Strike not from Law's firm hand that awful rod,
  • 13But leave it thence to drop for lack of use:
  • 14Oh, speed the blessed hour, Almighty God!

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