London, 1802

Original Text: 
William Wordsworth, Poems in Two Volumes (1807). See The Manuscript of William Wordsworth's Poems, in Two Volumes (1807): A Facsimile (London: British Library, 1984). bib MASS (Massey College Library, Toronto).
1Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
2England hath need of thee: she is a fen
3Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
4Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
5Have forfeited their ancient English dower
6Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
7Oh! raise us up, return to us again;
8And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
9Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
10Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:
11Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
12So didst thou travel on life's common way,
13In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart
14The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
RPO poem Editors: 
J. R. MacGillivray
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.373.