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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

OCCASIONED BY THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

FEBRUARY 1816.

THE Bard--whose soul is meek as dawning day,
Yet trained to judgments righteously severe,
Fervid, yet conversant with holy fear,
As recognising one Almighty sway:
He--whose experienced eye can pierce the array
Of past events; to whom, in vision clear,
The aspiring heads of future things appear,
Like mountain-tops whose mists have rolled away--
Assoiled from all encumbrance of our time,
He only, if such breathe, in strains devout
Shall comprehend this victory sublime;
Shall worthily rehearse the hideous rout,
The triumph hail, which from their peaceful clime
Angels might welcome with a choral shout!

NOTE

9 "From all this world's encumbrance did himself assoil." --Spenser.