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Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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  • 1Complacent Fictions were they, yet the same
  • 2Involved a history of no doubtful sense,
  • 3History that proves by inward evidence
  • 4From what a precious source of truth it came.
  • 5Ne'er could the boldest Eulogist have dared
  • 6Such deeds to paint, such characters to frame,
  • 7But for coeval sympathy prepared
  • 8To greet with instant faith their loftiest claim.
  • 9None but a noble people could have loved
  • 10Flattery in Ancient Rome's pure-minded style:
  • 11Not in like sort the Runic Scald was moved;
  • 12He, nursed 'mid savage passions that defile
  • 13Humanity, sang feats that well might call
  • 14For the blood-thirsty mead of Odin's riotous Hall.

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