Inspired by the French Revolution, William Wordsworth, the Romantic known for celebration of nature and hopeless odes to the Lake District wrote:
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven! Oh, times,
In which the meager, stale, forbidding ways
Of custom, law, and statute took at once
The attraction of a country in romance!
A country in romance indeed. Watching the Egyptian...