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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
English poet
(1770 - 1850)
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Wild is the music of autumnal winds the faded woods.
      - [Autumn]

Wisdom sits with children round her knees.
      - [Wisdom]

Worse than idle is compassion if it ends in tears and sighs.
      - [Idleness]

Ye swelling hills and spacious plains!
  Besprent from shore to shore with steeple towers,
    And spires whose "silent finger points to heaven."
      - [Spires]

Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark.
      - A Morning Exercise [Music]

But he is risen, a later star of dawn.
      - A Morning Exercise [Stars]

Lady of the Mere,
  Sole-sitting by the shores of old romance.
      - A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crags
        [Romance]

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold?
  Because the lovely little flower is free
    Down to its root, and in that freedom, bold.
      - A Poet! He hath put his Heart to School
        [Freedom]

Impulses of deeper birth
  Have come to him in solitude.
      - A Poet's Epitaph [Solitude]

The harvest of a quiet eye,
  That broods and sleeps on his own heart.
      - A Poet's Epitaph (st. 13) [Eyes]

One that would peep and botanize
  Upon his mother's grave.
      - A Poet's Epitaph (st. 5) [Character]

To the solid ground
  Of Nature trusts the Mind that builds for aye.
      - A Volant Tribe of Bards on Earth [Nature]

Among the dwellings framed by birds
  In field or forest with nice care,
    Is none that with the little wren's
      In snugness may compare.
      - A Wren's Nest [Wrens]

The Primrose for a veil had spread
  The largest of her upright leaves;
    And thus for purposes benign,
      A simple flower deceives.
      - A Wren's Nest [Primroses]

The very flowers are sacred to the poor.
      - Admonition [Flowers]

I look for ghosts; but none will force
  Their way to me; 'tis falsely said
    That even there was intercourse
      Between the living and the dead.
      - Affliction of Margaret [Apparitions]

A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.
      - Alas! What Boots the Long Laborious Quest?
        [Instinct]

He knows but from its shade the present hour.
      - An Evening Walk [Sun Dial Mottoes]

Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
  Through words and things, a dim and perilous way.
      - Borderers,
        written 18 years before "Excursion"
        [Intellect : Words]

Brook! whose society the poet seeks,
  Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
    And whom the curious painter doth pursue
      Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks,
        And tracks thee dancing down thy water-breaks.
      - Brook! Whose Society the Poet Seeks
        [Brooks]

Who, doomed to go in company with Pain
  And Fear and Bloodshed,--miserable train!--
    Turns his necessity to glorious gain.
      - Character of a Happy Warrior [Necessity]

But who, if he be called upon to face
  Some awful moment to which Heaven has joined
    Great issues, good or bad for humankind,
      Is happy as a lover.
      - Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 48)
        [Character]

And through the heat of conflict keeps the law
  In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw.
      - Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 53) [Law]

Whom neither shape of danger can dismay,
  Nor thought of tender happiness betray.
      - Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 72)
        [Character]

Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
  Of their bad influence, and their good receives.
      - Character of the Happy Warrior [Influence]


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