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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
English poet
(1770 - 1850)
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Whose powers shed round him in the common strife,
  Or mild concerns of ordinary life,
    A constant influence, a peculiar grace.
      - Character of the Happy Warrior [Influence]

No sound is uttered,--but a deep
  And solemn harmony pervades
    The hollow vale from steep to steep,
      And penetrates the glades.
      - Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour and Beauty
        [Silence]

Turning for them who pas, the common dust
  Of servile opportunity to gold.
      - Desultory Stanzas [Opportunity]

But shapes that come not at an earthly call,
  Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
      - Dion (V) [Visions]

As thou these ashes, little brook! will bear
  Into the Avon, Avon to the tide
    Of Severn, Severn to the narrow seas,
      Into main ocean they, this deed accurst,
        An emblem yields to friends and enemies
          How the bold teacher's doctrine, sanctified
            By truth, shall spread throughout the world dispersed.
      - Ecclesiastical Sketches (pt. II, Wicliffe)
        [Doctrine]

Where music dwells
  Lingering, and wandering on as loth to die;
    Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
      That they were born for immortality.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, 63, Inside of King's Chapel, Cambridge)
        [Music]

Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore
  Of nicely calculated less or more.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets (pt. III, no. 43)
        [Gifts]

Meek Walton's heavenly memory.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets (pt. III, no. 5)
        [Fishermen]

The feather, whence the pen
  Was shaped that traced the lives of these good men,
    Dropped from an Angel's wing.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, V, Walton's Book of Lives)
        [Pen]

But who would force the Soul, tilts with a straw
  Against a Champion cased in adamant.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, VII, Persecution of the Scottish Covenanters)
        [Soul]

And the fresh air of incense-breathing morn
  Shall wooingly embrace it.
      - Ecclesiastical Sonnets (XL) [Morning]

The light that never was on sea or land,
  The consecration, and the poet's dream.
      - Elegiac Stanzas,
        suggested by a picture of Peete Castle in a storm
        [Light]

But hushed be every thought that springs
  From out the bitterness of things.
      - Elegiac Stanzas--Addressed to Sir G.H.B.
        [Thought]

O, sir! the good die first,
  And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
    Burn to the socket.
      - Excursion (bk. I) [Death]

The imperfect offices of prayer and praise.
      - Excursion (bk. I) [Prayer]

The vision and the faculty divine;
  Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
      - Excursion (bk. I) [Poetry]

That mighty orb of song,
  The divine Milton.
      - Excursion (bk. I, l. 252)
        [Milton, John : Poets]

There littleness was not; the least of things
  Seemed infinite; and there his spirit shaped
    Her prospects, nor did he believe,--He saw.
      - Excursion (bk. I, st. 12) [Belief]

This dull product of a scoffer's pen.
      - Excursion (bk. II) [Authorship]

The intellectual power, through words and things,
  Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way!
      - Excursion (bk. III) [Intellect]

Why should not grave Philosophy be styled.
  Herself, a dreamer of a kindred stock,
    A dreamer, yet more spiritless and dull?
      - Excursion (bk. III) [Philosophy]

And recognizes ever and anon
  The breeze of Nature stirring in his soul.
      - Excursion (bk. IV) [Nature]

Hail to the crown by Freedom shaped--to gird
  An English sovereign's brow! and to the throne
    Whereon he sits! whose deep foundations lie
      In veneration and the people's love.
      - Excursion (bk. IV) [Royalty]

I have seen
  A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract
    Of inland ground, applying to his ear
      The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell;
        To which, in silence hushed, his very soul
          Listened intensely; and his countenance soon
            Brightened with joy; for from within were heard
              Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed
                Mysterious union with its native sea.
      - Excursion (bk. IV) [Ocean]

Of one in whom persuasion and belief
  Had ripened into faith, and faith become
    A passionate intuition.
      - Excursion (bk. IV) [Faith]


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