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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

"BLEST STATESMAN HE, WHOSE MIND'S UNSELFISH WILL"

BLEST Statesman He, whose Mind's unselfish will
Leaves him at ease among grand thoughts: whose eye
Sees that, apart from magnanimity,
Wisdom exists not; nor the humbler skill
Of Prudence, disentangling good and ill
With patient care. What tho' assaults run high,
They daunt not him who holds his ministry,
Resolute, at all hazards, to fulfil
Its duties;--prompt to move, but firm to wait,--
Knowing, things rashly sought are rarely found;
That, for the functions of an ancient State--
Strong by her charters, free because imbound,
Servant of Providence, not slave of Fate--
Perilous is sweeping change, all chance unsound.

1838.

NOTE

14 'All change is perilous, and all chance unsound.'
SPENSER.