The world is too much with us…

Mrs. Elsberry assigned sonnets for us to memorize in my English literature class and the first few lines of this one by William Wordsworth comes to my mind often.  Mr. Wordsworth would rather be a pagan than be trapped in the “getting and spending” world.  I’m not a pagan, but I appreciate the reminder to enjoy God’s creation.  Material possessions command too much of our time.

The apostle Paul wrote: …what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  He also wrote: love never fails

William Wordsworth. 1770–1850

535. The World

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-gather’d now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;


So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.


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