William Wordsworth

Argument For Suicide By William Wordsworth

Argument For Suicide By William Wordsworth

Argument For Suicide Send this man to the mine, this to the battle, Famish an aged beggar at your gates, And let him die by inches- but for worlds Lift not your hand against him- Live, live on, As if this earth owned neither steel nor arsenic, A rope, a river, or a standing pool. Live, if you dread ... »

A Fact, And An Imagination, Or, Canute And Alfred, On The Seashore By William Wordsworth

A Fact, And An Imagination, Or, Canute And Alfred, On The Seashore By William Wordsworth

A Fact, And An Imagination, Or, Canute And Alfred, On The Seashore THE Danish Conqueror, on his royal chair, Mustering a face of haughty sovereignty, To aid a covert purpose, cried–‘O ye Approaching Waters of the deep, that share With this green isle my fortunes, come not where Your Mast... »

Ode To Lycoris. May 1817 By William Wordsworth

Ode To Lycoris. May 1817 By William Wordsworth

Ode To Lycoris. May 1817 I AN age hath been when Earth was proud Of lustre too intense To be sustained; and Mortals bowed The front in self-defence. Who ‘then’, if Dian’s crescent gleamed, Or Cupid’s sparkling arrow streamed While on the wing the Urchin played, Could fearless... »

Ode, Composed On A May Morning By William Wordsworth

Ode, Composed On A May Morning By William Wordsworth

Ode, Composed On A May Morning While from the purpling east departs The star that led the dawn, Blithe Flora from her couch upstarts, For May is on the lawn. A quickening hope, a freshening glee, Foreran the expected Power, Whose first-drawn breath, from bush and tree, Shakes off that pearly shower.... »

On The Departure Of Sir Walter Scott From Abbotsford By William Wordsworth

On The Departure Of Sir Walter Scott From Abbotsford By William Wordsworth

On The Departure Of Sir Walter Scott From Abbotsford . A trouble, not of clouds, or weeping rain, Nor of the setting sun’s pathetic light Engendered, hangs o’er Eildon’s triple height: Spirits of Power, assembled there, complain For kindred Power departing from their sight; While T... »

Peter Bell, A Tale By William Wordsworth

Peter Bell, A Tale By William Wordsworth

Peter Bell, A Tale PROLOGUE There’s something in a flying horse, There’s something in a huge balloon; But through the clouds I’ll never float Until I have a little Boat, Shaped like the crescent-moon. And now I ‘have’ a little Boat, In shape a very crescent-moon Fast th... »

Personal Talk By William Wordsworth

Personal Talk By William Wordsworth

Personal Talk I I AM not One who much or oft delight To season my fireside with personal talk.– Of friends, who live within an easy walk, Or neighbours, daily, weekly, in my sight: And, for my chance-acquaintance, ladies bright, Sons, mothers, maidens withering on the stalk, These all wear out... »

On A Celebrated Event In Ancient History By William Wordsworth

On A Celebrated Event In Ancient History By William Wordsworth

On A Celebrated Event In Ancient History A ROMAN Master stands on Grecian ground, And to the people at the Isthmian Games Assembled, He, by a herald’s voice, proclaims THE LIBERTY OF GREECE:–the words rebound Until all voices in one voice are drowned; Glad acclamation by which air was re... »

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xiv. Fly, Some Kind Haringer, To Grasmere-Dale By William Wordsworth

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xiv. Fly, Some Kind Haringer, To Grasmere-Dale By William Wordsworth

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xiv. Fly, Some Kind Haringer, To Grasmere-Dale FLY, some kind Harbinger, to Grasmere-dale! Say that we come, and come by this day’s light; Fly upon swiftest wing round field and height, But chiefly let one Cottage hear the tale; There let a mystery of joy ... »

It Is No Spirit Who From Heaven Hath Flown By William Wordsworth

It Is No Spirit Who From Heaven Hath Flown By William Wordsworth

It Is No Spirit Who From Heaven Hath Flown IT is no Spirit who from heaven hath flown, And is descending on his embassy; Nor Traveller gone from earth the heavens to espy! ‘Tis Hesperus–there he stands with glittering crown, First admonition that the sun is down! For yet it is broad day-... »

Foresight By William Wordsworth

Foresight By William Wordsworth

Foresight That is work of waste and ruin– Do as Charles and I are doing! Strawberry-blossoms, one and all, We must spare them–here are many: Look at it–the flower is small, Small and low, though fair as any: Do not touch it! summers two I am older, Anne, than you. Pull the primrose... »

Composed During A Storm By William Wordsworth

Composed During A Storm By William Wordsworth

Composed During A Storm One who was suffering tumult in his soul, Yet failed to seek the sure relief of prayer, Went forth–his course surrendering to the care Of the fierce wind, while mid-day lightnings prowl Insidiously, untimely thunders growl; While trees, dim-seen, in frenzied numbers, te... »

An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady By William Wordsworth

An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady By William Wordsworth

An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady The young Lady to whom this was addressed was my Sister. It was composed at school, and during my two first College vacations. There is not an image in it which I have not observed; and now, in my seventy-third year, I recollect the time and place where mos... »

Yes! Thou Art Fair, Yet Be Not Moved By William Wordsworth

Yes! Thou Art Fair, Yet Be Not Moved By William Wordsworth

Yes! Thou Art Fair, Yet Be Not Moved YES! thou art fair, yet be not moved To scorn the declaration, That sometimes I in thee have loved My fancy’s own creation. Imagination needs must stir; Dear Maid, this truth believe, Minds that have nothing to confer Find little to perceive. Be pleased tha... »

Ode To Duty By William Wordsworth

Ode To Duty By William Wordsworth

Ode To Duty STERN Daughter of the Voice of God! O Duty! if that name thou love, Who art a light to guide, a rod To check the erring and reprove; Thou, who art victory and law When empty terrors overawe; From vain temptations dost set free; And calm’st the weary strife of frail humanity! There ... »

On The Same Occasion By William Wordsworth

On The Same Occasion By William Wordsworth

On The Same Occasion (The Final Submission Of The Tyrolese) YE Storms, resound the praises of your King! And ye mild Seasons–in a sunny clime, Midway on some high hill, while father Time Looks on delighted–meet in festal ring, And loud and long of Winter’s triumph sing! Sing ye, wi... »

On The Final Submission Of The Tyrolese By William Wordsworth

On The Final Submission Of The Tyrolese By William Wordsworth

On The Final Submission Of The Tyrolese IT was a ‘moral’ end for which they fought; Else how, when mighty Thrones were put to shame, Could they, poor Shepherds, have preserved an aim, A resolution, or enlivening thought? Nor hath that moral good been ‘vainly’ sought; For in t... »

Perfect Woman By William Wordsworth

Perfect Woman By William Wordsworth

Perfect Woman SHE was a phantom of delight When first she gleam’d upon my sight; A lovely apparition, sent To be a moment’s ornament; Her eyes as stars of twilight fair; Like twilight’s, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful dawn; A... »

Pet-Lamb, The A Pastoral Poem By William Wordsworth By William Wordsworth

Pet-Lamb, The A Pastoral Poem By William Wordsworth By William Wordsworth

Pet-Lamb, The A Pastoral Poem The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink; I heard a voice; it said, “Drink, pretty creature, drink!” And, looking o’er the hedge, before me I espied A snow-white mountain-lamb with a Maiden at its side. Nor sheep nor kine were near; the lamb ... »

Picture Of Daniel In The Lion’s Den At Hamilton Palace By William Wordsworth

Picture Of Daniel In The Lion’s Den At Hamilton Palace By William Wordsworth

Picture Of Daniel In The Lion’s Den At Hamilton Palace Amid a fertile region green with wood And fresh with rivers, well doth it become The Ducal Owner, in his Palace-home To naturalise this tawny Lion brood; Children of Art, that claim strange brotherhood, Couched in their Den, with those tha... »

On The Extinction Of The Venetian Republic By William Wordsworth

On The Extinction Of The Venetian Republic By William Wordsworth

On The Extinction Of The Venetian Republic ONCE did she hold the gorgeous East in fee;    And was the safeguard of the West: the worth    Of Venice did not fall below her birth, Venice, the eldest Child of Liberty. She was a maiden City, bright and free;    No guile seduced, no force could violate; ... »

Lucy Iii By William Wordsworth

Lucy Iii By William Wordsworth

Lucy Iii I TRAVELL’D among unknown men,    In lands beyond the sea; Nor, England! did I know till then    What love I bore to thee. ‘Tis past, that melancholy dream!    Nor will I quit thy shore A second time; for still I seem    To love thee more and more. Among thy mountains did I feel... »

In Due Observance Of An Ancient Rite By William Wordsworth

In Due Observance Of An Ancient Rite By William Wordsworth

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 creature’s brows Wi... »

Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of James Hogg By William Wordsworth

Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of James Hogg By William Wordsworth

Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of James Hogg . When first, descending from the moorlands, I saw the Stream of Yarrow glide Along a bare and open valley, The Ettrick Shepherd was my guide. When last along its banks I wandered, Through groves that had begun to shed Their golden leaves upon the path... »

By The Seaside By William Wordsworth

By The Seaside By William Wordsworth

By The Seaside The sun is couched, the sea-fowl gone to rest, And the wild storm hath somewhere found a nest; Air slumbers–wave with wave no longer strives, Only a heaving of the deep survives, A tell-tale motion! soon will it be laid, And by the tide alone the water swayed. Stealthy withdrawi... »

A Prophecy. February 1807 By William Wordsworth

A Prophecy. February 1807 By William Wordsworth

A Prophecy. February 1807 HIGH deeds, O Germans, are to come from you! Thus in your books the record shall be found, ‘A watchword was pronounced, a potent sound– ARMINIUS!–all the people quaked like dew Stirred by the breeze; they rose, a Nation, true, True to herself–the mig... »

Ruth By William Wordsworth

Ruth By William Wordsworth

Ruth When Ruth was left half desolate, Her Father took another Mate; And Ruth, not seven years old, A slighted child, at her own will Went wandering over dale and hill, In thoughtless freedom, bold. And she had made a pipe of straw, And music from that pipe could draw Like sounds of winds and floods... »

Resolution And Independence By William Wordsworth

Resolution And Independence By William Wordsworth

Resolution And Independence I There was a roaring in the wind all night; The rain came heavily and fell in floods; But now the sun is rising calm and bright; The birds are singing in the distant woods; Over his own sweet voice the Stock-dove broods; The Jay makes answer as the Magpie chatters; And a... »

Remembrance Of Collins By William Wordsworth

Remembrance Of Collins By William Wordsworth

Remembrance Of Collins Composed upon the Thames near Richmond Glide gently, thus for ever glide, O Thames! that other bards may see As lovely visions by thy side As now, fair river! come to me. O glide, fair stream! for ever so, Thy quiet soul on all bestowing, Till all our minds for ever flow As th... »

Repentance By William Wordsworth

Repentance By William Wordsworth

Repentance A PASTORAL BALLAD THE fields which with covetous spirit we sold, Those beautiful fields, the delight of the day, Would have brought us more good than a burthen of gold, Could we but have been as contented as they. When the troublesome Tempter beset us, said I, ‘Let him come, with hi... »

Rural Architecture By William Wordsworth

Rural Architecture By William Wordsworth

Rural Architecture There’s George Fisher, Charles Fleming, and Reginald Shore, Three rosy-cheeked school-boys, the highest not more Than the height of a counsellor’s bag; To the top of GREAT HOW did it please them to climb: And there they built up, without mortar or lime, A Man on the pe... »

Power Of Music By William Wordsworth

Power Of Music By William Wordsworth

Power Of Music AN Orpheus! an Orpheus! yes, Faith may grow bold, And take to herself all the wonders of old;– Near the stately Pantheon you’ll meet with the same In the street that from Oxford hath borrowed its name. His station is there; and he works on the crowd, He sways them with har... »

My Heart Leaps Up By William Wordsworth

My Heart Leaps Up By William Wordsworth

My Heart Leaps Up My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety. Hits: 0 »

London, 1802 By William Wordsworth

London, 1802 By William Wordsworth

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 happiness. We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up, return to ... »

Hail, Zaragoza! If With Unwet Eye By William Wordsworth

Hail, Zaragoza! If With Unwet Eye By William Wordsworth

Hail, Zaragoza! If With Unwet Eye HAIL, Zaragoza! If with unwet eye We can approach, thy sorrow to behold, Yet is the heart not pitiless nor cold; Such spectacle demands not tear or sigh. These desolate remains are trophies high Of more than martial courage in the breast Of peaceful civic virtue: th... »

England Ii By William Wordsworth

England Ii By William Wordsworth

England Ii 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 happiness. We are selfish men;    O raise us up, re... »

Book Ninth [Residence In France] By William Wordsworth

Book Ninth [Residence In France] By William Wordsworth

Book Ninth [residence In France] EVEN as a river,–partly (it might seem) Yielding to old remembrances, and swayed In part by fear to shape a way direct, That would engulph him soon in the ravenous sea– Turns, and will measure back his course, far back, Seeking the very regions which he c... »

Anticipation, October 1803 By William Wordsworth

Anticipation, October 1803 By William Wordsworth

Anticipation, October 1803 SHOUT, for a mighty Victory is won! On British ground the Invaders are laid low; The breath of Heaven has drifted them like snow, And left them lying in the silent sun, Never to rise again!-the work is done. Come forth, ye old men, now in peaceful show And greet your sons!... »

A Poet! He Hath Put His Heart To School By William Wordsworth

A Poet! He Hath Put His Heart To School By William Wordsworth

A Poet! He Hath Put His Heart To School . A poet!–He hath put his heart to school, Nor dares to move unpropped upon the staff Which art hath lodged within his hand–must laugh By precept only, and shed tears by rule. Thy Art be Nature; the live current quaff, And let the groveller sip his... »

Scorn Not The Sonnet By William Wordsworth

Scorn Not The Sonnet By William Wordsworth

Scorn Not The Sonnet Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frowned, Mindless of its just honours; with this key Shakspeare unlocked his heart; the melody Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch’s wound; A thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound; With it Camoens soothed an exile’s grie... »

September 1, 1802 By William Wordsworth

September 1, 1802 By William Wordsworth

September 1, 1802 WE had a female Passenger who came From Calais with us, spotless in array,– A white-robed Negro, like a lady gay, Yet downcast as a woman fearing blame; Meek, destitute, as seemed, of hope or aim She sate, from notice turning not away, But on all proffered intercourse did lay... »

September 1815 By William Wordsworth

September 1815 By William Wordsworth

September 1815 WHILE not a leaf seems faded; while the fields, With ripening harvest prodigally fair, In brightest sunshine bask; this nipping air, Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields Of bitter change, and bids the flowers beware; And whispers to the... »

September, 1819 By William Wordsworth

September, 1819 By William Wordsworth

September, 1819 . Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling. No faint and hesitating trill, Such tribute as to winter chill The lonely redbreast pays! Clear, loud, and li... »

She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways By William Wordsworth

She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways By William Wordsworth

She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways She dwelt among the untrodden ways Beside the springs of Dove, Maid whom there were none to praise And very few to love: A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden from the eye! —Fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could... »

Say, What Is Honour–‘tis The Finest Sense By William Wordsworth

Say, What Is Honour–‘tis The Finest Sense By William Wordsworth

Say, What Is Honour–‘tis The Finest Sense SAY, what is Honour?–‘Tis the finest sense Of ‘justice’ which the human mind can frame, Intent each lurking frailty to disclaim, And guard the way of life from all offence Suffered or done. When lawless violence Invades a Realm,... »

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xii. Yarrow Unvisited By William Wordsworth

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xii. Yarrow Unvisited By William Wordsworth

Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803 Xii. Yarrow Unvisited FROM Stirling castle we had seen The mazy Forth unravelled; Had trod the banks of Clyde, and Tay, And with the Tweed had travelled; And when we came to Clovenford, Then said my ‘winsome Marrow,’ ‘Whate’er betide, we&... »

It Is A Beauteous Evening By William Wordsworth

It Is A Beauteous Evening By William Wordsworth

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 is awake, And doth with his eternal motion mak... »

Gipsies By William Wordsworth

Gipsies By William Wordsworth

Gipsies Yet are they here the same unbroken knot Of human Beings, in the self-same spot! Men, women, children, yea the frame Of the whole spectacle the same! Only their fire seems bolder, yielding light, Now deep and red, the colouring of night; That on their Gipsy-faces falls, Their bed of straw an... »

Composed By The Side Of Grasmere Lake 1806 By William Wordsworth

Composed By The Side Of Grasmere Lake 1806 By William Wordsworth

Composed By The Side Of Grasmere Lake 1806 CLOUDS, lingering yet, extend in solid bars Through the grey west; and lo! these waters, steeled By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield A vivid repetition of the stars; Jove, Venus, and the ruddy crest of Mars Amid his fellows beauteously revealed At ... »

Address To The Scholars Of The Village School Of —- By William Wordsworth

Address To The Scholars Of The Village School Of —- By William Wordsworth

Address To The Scholars Of The Village School Of —- I come, ye little noisy Crew, Not long your pastime to prevent; I heard the blessing which to you Our common Friend and Father sent. I kissed his cheek before he died; And when his breath was fled, I raised, while kneeling by his side, His ha... »

Yew-Trees By William Wordsworth

Yew-Trees By William Wordsworth

Yew-Trees There is a Yew-tree, pride of Lorton Vale, Which to this day stands single, in the midst Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore: Not loathe to furnish weapons for the Bands Of Umfraville or Percy ere they marched To Scotland’s heaths; or those that crossed the sea And drew their so... »

Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood By William Wordsworth

Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood By William Wordsworth

Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood The Child is father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety. I There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial lig... »

She Was A Phantom Of Delight By William Wordsworth

She Was A Phantom Of Delight By William Wordsworth

She Was A Phantom Of Delight She was a phantom of delight When first she gleamed upon my sight; A lovely Apparition, sent To be a moment’s ornament; Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair; Like Twilight’s, too, her dusky hair; But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerfu... »

Siege Of Vienna Raised By John Sobieski By William Wordsworth

Siege Of Vienna Raised By John Sobieski By William Wordsworth

Siege Of Vienna Raised By John Sobieski FEBRUARY 1816 Oh, for a kindling touch from that pure flame Which ministered, erewhile, to a sacrifice Of gratitude, beneath Italian skies, In words like these: ‘Up, Voice of song! proclaim ‘Thy saintly rapture with celestial aim: ‘For lo! th... »

Simon Lee The Old Huntsman By William Wordsworth

Simon Lee The Old Huntsman By William Wordsworth

Simon Lee The Old Huntsman . With an incident in which he was concerned In the sweet shire of Cardigan, Not far from pleasant Ivor-hall, An old Man dwells, a little man,– ‘Tis said he once was tall. For five-and-thirty years he lived A running huntsman merry; And still the centre of his ... »

Song At The Feast Of Brougham Castle Upon The Restoration O By William Wordsworth

Song At The Feast Of Brougham Castle Upon The Restoration O By William Wordsworth

Song At The Feast Of Brougham Castle Upon The Restoration O , High in the breathless Hall the Minstrel sate, And Emont’s murmur mingled with the Song.– The words of ancient time I thus translate, A festal strain that hath been silent long:– “From town to town, from tower to t... »

Song Of The Spinning Wheel By William Wordsworth

Song Of The Spinning Wheel By William Wordsworth

Song Of The Spinning Wheel FOUNDED UPON A BELIEF PREVALENT AMONG THE PASTORAL VALES OF WESTMORELAND SWIFTLY turn the murmuring wheel! Night has brought the welcome hour, When the weary fingers feel Help, as if from faery power; Dewy night o’ershades the ground; Turn the swift wheel round and r... »

Song For The Wandering Jew By William Wordsworth

Song For The Wandering Jew By William Wordsworth

Song For The Wandering Jew Though the torrents from their fountains Roar down many a craggy steep, Yet they find among the mountains Resting-places calm and deep. Clouds that love through air to hasten, Ere the storm its fury stills, Helmet-like themselves will fasten On the heads of towering hills.... »

Lucy Ii By William Wordsworth

Lucy Ii By William Wordsworth

Lucy Ii SHE dwelt among the untrodden ways    Beside the springs of Dove, A Maid whom there were none to praise    And very few to love: A violet by a mossy stone    Half hidden from the eye! Fair as a star, when only one    Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could know    When Lucy c... »

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) By William Wordsworth

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) By William Wordsworth

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle ... »