Study Guide

London, 1802 Patriotism

By William Wordsworth

Patriotism

altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. (3-6)

England, Wordsworth reminds us, used to have a lot to be proud of – but now its people have lost touch with these great things, and are unhappy as a consequence. Wordsworth hopes that the people of England can reclaim their rightful "dower" of pride and satisfaction in their country.

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