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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

If This Great World of Joy and Pain

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

IF this great world of joy and pain

Revolve in one sure track;

If freedom, set, will rise again,

And virtue, flown, come back:

Woe to the purblind crew who fill

The heart with each day’s care;

Nor gain, from past or future, skill

To bear, and to forbear!