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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


Inside of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

TAX not the royal saint with vain expense,

With ill-matched aims the architect who planned—

Albeit laboring for a scanty band

Of white-robed scholars only—this immense

And glorious work of fine intelligence!

Give all thou canst: high Heaven rejects the lore

Of nicely-calculated less or more;

So deemed the man who fashioned for the sense

These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof

Self-poised, and scooped into ten thousand cells,

Where light and shade repose, where music dwells

Lingering, and wandering on as loth to die;

Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof

That they were born for immortality.