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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
English poet
(1770 - 1850)
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And now I see with eye serene,
  The very pulse of the machine;
    A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
      A Traveller betwixt life and death;
        The reason firm, the temperate will,
          Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill.
      - She was a Phantom of Delight [Women]

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.
      - She Was a Phantom of Delight
        [Beauty : Twilight]

She was a Phantom of delight
  When first she gleamed upon my sight;
    A lovely Apparition, sent
      To be a moment's ornament.
      - She was a Phantom of Delight [Women]

The reason firm, the temperate will,
  Endurance, foresight, strength and skill.
      - She Was a Phantom of Delight [Character]

A tale in everything.
      - Simon Lee [Story Telling]

I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
  With coldness still returning;
    Alas! the gratitude of men
      Hath often left me mourning.
      - Simon Lee [Gratitude]

They came with banner, spear, and shield;
  And it was proved in Bosworth field,
    Not long the Avenger was withstood--
      Earth help'd him with the cry of blood.
      - Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle
         (st. 3) [War]

The silence that is in the starry sky.
      - Song of the Feast of Brougham Castle
        [Silence]

I dropped my pen; and listened to the wind
  That sang of trees uptorn and vessels tost;
    A midnight harmony and wholly lost
      To the general sense of men by chains confined
        Of business, care, or pleasure,--or resigned
          To timely sleep.
      - Sonnet [Wind]

A brotherhood of venerable Trees.
      - Sonnet composed at Castle ----- [Trees]

Plain living and high thinking are no more.
      - Sonnet dedicated to National Independence and Liberty
         (no. XIII), written in London, Sep. 1802
        [Life]

So joys remembered without wish or will
  Sharpen the keenest edge of present ill.
      - Sonnet on Captivity (VI, 172) [Sorrow]

Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee,
  And was the safeguard of the West.
      - Sonnet on the extinction of the Venetian Republic
        [Venice]

Never did sun more beautifully steep
  In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
    Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
      The river glideth at his own sweet will.
        Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
          And all that mighty heart is lying still.
      - Sonnet--Composed upon Westminster Bridge
        [Thames River]

The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
      - Sonnet--Not Love, Not War, Nor, etc.
        [Flowers]

Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
  That they were born for immortality.
      - Sonnet--On King's College Chapel, Cambridge
        [Thought]

Meek Nature's evening comment on the shows
  That for oblivion that their daily birth
    From all the fuming vanities of earth.
      - Sonnet--Sky--Prospect from the Plain of France
        [Vanity]

We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
  That Shakespeare spake; the faith and morals hold
    Which Milton held.
      - Sonnets to National Independence and Liberty
         (pt. XVI) [Freedom]

Hope smiled when your nativity was cast,
  Children of Summer!
      - Staffa Sonnets--Flowers on the Top of the Pillars at the Entrance of the Cave
        [Flowers]

The mysteries that cups of flowers infold
  And all the gorgeous sights which fairies do behold.
      - Stanzas written in Thomson's Castle of Indolence
        [Flowers]

Action is transitory, a step, a blow,
  The motion of a muscle--this way or that.
      - The Borderers (act III) [Action]

The cattle are grazing,
  Their heads never raising:
    There are forty feeding like one!
      - The Cock is Crowing [Animals : Cows]

List--'twas the cuckoo--O, with what delight
  Heard I that voice! and catch it now, though faint,
    Far off and faint, and melting into air,
      Yet not to be mistaken. Hark again!
        Those louder cries give notice that the bird,
          Although invisible as Echo's self,
            Is wheeling hitherward.
      - The Cuckoo at Laverna [Cuckoos]

A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays,
  And confident to-morrows.
      - The Excursion [Proverbs : Tomorrow]

Society became my glittering bride,
  And airy hopes my children.
      - The Excursion (bk. III) [Society]


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