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Poem by William Wordsworth

Seathwaite Chapel

SACRED Religion! mother of form and fear,
Dread arbitress of mutable respect,
New rites ordaining when the old are wrecked,
Or cease to please the fickle worshipper;
Mother of Love! (that name best suits thee here,)
Mother of Love! for this deep vale, protect
Truths holy lamp, pure source of bright effect,
Gifted to purge the vapory atmosphere
That seeks to stifle it;as in those days
When this low pile a gospel teacher knew,
Whose good works formed an endless retinue;
A pastor such as Chaucers verse portrays,
Such as the heaven-taught skill of Herbert drew,
And tender Goldsmith crowned with deathless praise!

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Processions
  2. Inside of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge: Continued
  3. The Brownie
  4. Monastery of Old Bangor
  5. The River Duddon (WHENCE that low voice?)

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