Category Archives: William Wordsworth

1770-1850 / Cumberland / England

Poem – A Parsonage in Oxfordshire

Where holy ground begins, unhallowed ends, Is marked by no distinguishable line; The turf unites, the pathways intertwine; And, wheresoe’er the stealing footstep tends, Garden, and that domain where kindred, friends, And neighbours rest together, here confound Their several features, … Continue reading

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Poem – A Night Thought 

Lo! where the Moon along the sky Sails with her happy destiny; Oft is she hid from mortal eye Or dimly seen, But when the clouds asunder fly How bright her mien! Far different we–a froward race, Thousands though rich … Continue reading

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Poem – London 1802 

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour; England hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward … Continue reading

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Poem – Lines Written  in Early Spring

I HEARD a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; … Continue reading

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Poem – It is not to be Thought of 

. It is not to be thought of that the Flood  Of British freedom, which, to the open sea Of the world’s praise, from dark antiquity Hath flowed, “with pomp of waters, unwithstood,” Roused though it be full often to … Continue reading

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Poem – It is a Beauteous Evening

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,  The holy time is quiet as a nun  Breathless with adoration; the broad sun  Is sinking down in its tranquility;  The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the sea:  Listen! the mighty Being … Continue reading

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Poem – In Due Observance of an Ancient Rite

IN due observance of an ancient rite, The rude Biscayans, when their children lie Dead in the sinless time of infancy, Attire the peaceful corse in vestments white; And, in like sign of cloudless triumph bright, They bind the unoffending … Continue reading

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