Poet William Wordsworth

English poet (B:1770-04-07 - D:1850-04-23)

Poems Comments

Alas! What Boots The Long Laborious Quest

ALAS! what boots the long laborious quest
Of moral prudence, sought through good and ill;
Or pains abstruse-to elevate the will,
And lead us on to that transcendent rest
Where every passion shall the sway attest
Of Reason, seated on her sovereign hill;
What is it but a vain and curious skill,
If sapient Germany must lie deprest,
Beneath the brutal sword?-Her haughty Schools
Shall blush; and may not we with sorrow say-
A few strong instincts and a few plain rules,
Among the herdsmen of the Alps, have wrought
More for mankind at this unhappy day
Then all the pride of intellect and thought?

Poem topics: , ,

Rate this poem:

Add Alas! What Boots The Long Laborious Quest poem to your favorites

Add Poet William Wordsworth to your favorites

Popular Poets

Nora May French (1 poems)
Emily Lawless (3 poems)
Harriet Monroe (83 poems)
Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1 poems)
Bert Leston Taylor (6 poems)
Conrad Potter Aiken (1 poems)
Rex Ingamells (4 poems)
Lizzie Bowen (0 poems)
Jonathan Swift (17 poems)
James Shirley (4 poems)

Popular Poems

The Annunciation, by Joyce Kilmer
Les Enfants Pauvres (Poor Little Children), by Victor Marie Hugo
The Abandoned, by Arthur Symons
Pauli 1. Cor. 15, 42-44, by Hans Christian Andersen
The Violet Pressed In A Copy Of Shakespeare, by Duncan Campbell Scott
The Spectre Pig, by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Explosión (Explosion), by Delmira Agustini
The Flight, by Rudyard Kipling
Amor Umbratilis, by Ernest Christopher Dowson
The White Man's Foot, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow