by William Wordsworth
London, 1802 Literature and Writing Quotes
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altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. (3-6)
"Pen" here stands in for literature on the whole – Wordsworth puts literature up there as one of England's great traditions, along with things as important as religion and military might.