November, 1806

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, Toronto).
2Another mighty Empire overthrown!
3And We are left, or shall be left, alone;
4The last that dare to struggle with the Foe.
5'Tis well! from this day forward we shall know
6That in ourselves our safety must be sought;
7That by our own right hands it must be wrought;
8That we must stand unpropped, or be laid low.
9O dastard whom such foretaste doth not cheer!
11Be men who hold its many blessings dear,
12Wise, upright, valiant; not a servile band,
13Who are to judge of danger which they fear,
14And honour which they do not understand.


1] Prussia was overthrown by Napoleon's victory at Jena, October 14, 1806. Back to Line
10] if they who rule the land .... Pitt had died in January 1806 and Fox in September. Lord Grenville succeeded Pitt as Prime Minister. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
J. R. MacGillivray
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.388.