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Poem by William Wordsworth


The King of Sweden


THE Voice of song from distant lands shall call
To that great King; shall hail the crowned Youth
Who, taking counsel of unbending Truth,
By one example hath set forth to all
How they with dignity may stand; or fall,
If fall they must. Now, whither doth it tend?
And what to him and his shall be the end?
That thought is one which neither can appal
Nor cheer him; for the illustrious Swede hath done
The thing which ought to be; is raised 'above'
All consequences: work he hath begun
Of fortitude, and piety, and love,
Which all his glorious ancestors approve:
The heroes bless him, him their rightful son. 



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Roman Antiquities
  2. On Revisiting Dunolly Castle
  3. Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone, Herefordshire
  4. Iona
  5. In Sight of the Town of Cockermouth


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