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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

XXXIV

CRUSADES

THE turbaned Race are poured in thickening swarms
Along the west; though driven from Aquitaine,
The Crescent glitters on the towers of Spain;
And soft Italia feels renewed alarms;
The scimitar, that yields not to the charms
Of ease, the narrow Bosphorus will disdain;
Nor long (that crossed) would Grecian hills detain
Their tents, and check the current of their arms.
Then blame not those who, by the mightiest lever
Known to the moral world, Imagination,
Upheave, so seems it, from her natural station
All Christendom:--they sweep along (was never
So huge a host!)--to tear from the Unbeliever
The precious Tomb, their haven of salvation.