William Wordsworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us”

William Wordsworth’s “The World is Too Much With Us’

Did this woodcut of William Wordsworth to illustrate his sonnet, “The World is Too Much With Us”; its sentiment echoing in my heart on those days when the world becomes overwhelming, and makes me too want to say, “I’d rather be a Pagan suckled in a creed outworn” (well, maybe not exactly in those words.) 

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                             THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US
                                             William Wordsworth

                         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!
                         This 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 no. – Great God! I’d rather be
                         A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
                         So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
                         Have glimpsed that would make me less forlorn;
                         Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
                         Or hear old Triton blow his wreathéd horn.

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