William Wordsworth

O'erweening Statesmen Have Full Long Relied

O'ERWEENING Statesmen have full long relied On fleets and armies, and external wealth: But from 'within' proceeds a Nation's health; Which shall not fail, though poor men cleave with pride To the paternal floor; or turn aside, In the thronged city, from the walks of gain, As being all unworthy to detain A Soul by contemplation sanctified. There are who cannot languish in this strife, Spaniards of every rank, by whom the good Of such high course was felt and understood; Who to their Country's cause have bound a life Erewhile, by solemn consecration, given To labour and to prayer, to nature, and to heaven.

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