Wednesday 30 July 2014, 18:11
If you have vague memories of the ‘getting and spending’ poem that David saw on the SAVE website – or if it’s new to you – we thought you might appreciate reading the whole thing. William Wordsworth wrote it in 1807 as a criticism of the way in which Britain was losing touch with nature as it industrialised.
Plus ca change, some might say..
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-gathered 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.
Keri Davies in an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.
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