William Wordsworth



Calais, August, 1802



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William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Calais, August, 1802



Is it a reed thatís shaken by the wind,
Or what is it that ye go forth to see?
Lords, lawyers, statesmen, squires of low degree,
Men known, and men unknown, sick, lame, and blind,
Post forward all, like creatures of one kind,
With first-fruit offerings crowd to bend the knee
In France, before the new-born Majesty.
íTis ever thus. Ye men of prostrate mind,
A seemly reverence may be paid to power;
But thatís a loyal virtue, never sown
In haste, nor springing with a transient shower:
When truth, when sense, when liberty were flown,
What hardship had it been to wait an hour?
Shame on you, feeble Heads, to slavery prone!





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