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Poem by William Wordsworth


Canute


A PLEASANT music floats along the mere,
From monks in Ely chanting service high,
While-as Canute the king is rowing by.
УMy oarsmen,Ф quoth the mighty king, Уdraw near,
That we the sweet song of the monks may hear!Ф
He listens (all past conquests and all schemes
Of future vanishing like empty dreams)
Heart-touched, and haply not without a tear.
The royal minstrel, ere the choir is still,
While his free barge skims the smooth flood along,
Gives to that rapture an accordant rhyme.
O suffering Earth! be thankful; sternest clime
And rudest age are subject to the thrill
Of heaven-descended piety and song.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Monastery of Old Bangor
  2. To the Lady Eleanor Butler and the Hon. Miss Ponsonby
  3. Mona
  4. Miserrimus
  5. The Brownie


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