by William Wordsworth
London, 1802 Tradition and Customs 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)
Wordsworth had a whole laundry list of things at which England once excelled, but now has apparently forgotten – here, he reminds readers of what they should be focusing on to find "inner happiness."