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Poem by William Wordsworth
On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm
When haughty expectations prostrate lie, And grandeur crouches like a guilty thing, Oft shall the lowly weak, till nature bring Mature release, in fair society Survive, and Fortune's utmost anger try; Like these frail snowdrops that together cling, And nod their helmets, smitten by the wing Of many a furious whirl-blast sweeping by. Observe the faithful flowers! if small to great May lead the thoughts, thus struggling used to stand The Emathian phalanx, nobly obstinate; And so the bright immoral Theban band, Whom onset, fiercely urged at Jove's command, Might overwhelm, but could not separate!
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