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Alfoxden ancient Banner beauty Bees blest bold bowers Brancepeth breath bright brow calm cheer Church clouds Coleorton composed Creature crown Dated by Wordsworth dear divine Dorothy Wordsworth doth earth fair faith Fancy fear Fenwick note flowers friends gentle grace Grasmere grave hand happy hath hear heard heart Heaven Henry Reed hill holy hope hour human Isle land light lines live look Lord Maid meek mind morning mountain Nature Nature's night Norton o'er peace poem prayer previously published 1835 River Derwent RIVER EDEN round Rydal Mount Rylstone sacred scorn shade sigh sight silent smile smooth Sonnets sorrow soul spirit spread Staffa stand stanza stars stood stream sweet tears Text unchanged Text unchanged.—Ed thee thou thought tower Tower of refuge tree truth Ullswater vale verse voice White Doe wings words written
Page 195 - LINES, WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING. I HEARD a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sat 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 ; And much it grieved my heart to think What man has made of man.
Page 224 - W'ho, doomed to go in company with pain, And fear, and bloodshed, miserable train! Turns his necessity to glorious gain; In face of these doth exercise a power Which is our human nature's highest dower; Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves Of their bad influence, and their good receives...
Page 3 - For take an example of a dog, and mark what a generosity and courage he will put on when he finds himself maintained by a man, who to him is instead of a God, or melior natura, which courage is manifestly such as that creature, without that confidence, of a better nature than his own could never attain. So man, when he resteth and assureth himself upon divine protection and favor, gathereth a force and faith which human nature in itself could not obtain.
Page 214 - Blessings be with them and eternal praise, Who gave us nobler loves and nobler cares, The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays ! Oh ! might my name be numbered among theirs, Then gladly would I end my mortal days.
Page 231 - A little onward lend thy guiding hand To these dark steps, a little further on; For yonder bank hath choice of sun or shade; There I am wont to sit, when any chance Relieves me from my task of servile toil, Daily in the common prison else enjoin'd me, Where I, a prisoner chain'd, scarce freely draw The air imprison'd also, close and damp, Unwholesome draught.
Page 225 - Who, if he rise to station of command, Rises by open means, and there will stand On honourable terms, or else retire And in himself possess his own desire; Who comprehends his trust and to the same Keeps faithful with a singleness of aim...
Page 223 - Stern Lawgiver! yet thou dost wear The Godhead's most benignant grace; Nor know we anything so fair As is the smile upon thy face: Flowers laugh before thee on their beds And fragrance in thy footing treads; Thou dost preserve the stars from wrong; And the most ancient heavens, through Thee, are fresh and strong.
Page 197 - IT is the first mild day of March: Each minute sweeter than Before, The redbreast sings from the tall larch That stands beside our door. There is a blessing in the air, Which seems a sense of joy to yield To the bare trees, and mountains bare, And grass in the green field.
Page 223 - I, loving freedom, and untried; No sport of every random gust, Yet being to myself a guide...