But who would force the soul tilts with a straw Against a champion cased in adamant.
William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
Source: Part iii. vii. Persecution of the Scottish Covenanters.
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O Cuckoo! shall I call thee bird, Or but a wandering voice?
Source: To the Cuckoo.
Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar,
Source: The Excursion. Book iii., 1798
Wisdom married to immortal verse.
Source: The Excursion. Book vii.
Give unto me, made lowly wise, The spirit of self-sacrifice; The confidence of reason give, And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live!
Source: Ode to Duty.
And he is oft the wisest man Who is not wise at all.
Source: The Oak and the Broom.
Nor less I deem that there are Powers Which of themselves our minds impress; That we can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness.
Source: Expostulation and Reply.
Choice word and measured phrase above the reach Of ordinary men.
Source: Resolution and Independence. Stanza 14.
Up! up! my friend, and quit your books, Or surely you 'll grow double! Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks! Why all this toil and trouble?
Source: The Tables Turned.
A brotherhood of venerable trees.
Source: Sonnet composed at a Castle.
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