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    The world is too much with us

The world is too much with us: late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

The sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; -
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. - Great God! I'd rather be
A pagan, suckled in a creed outworn,
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,


Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn. 

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