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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
English poet
(1770 - 1850)
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We live by Admiration, Hope, and Love;
  And, even as these are well and wisely fixed,
    In dignity of being we ascend.
      - Excursion (bk. IV) [Life]

The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
  The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless
    Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers.
      - Excursion (bk. IX) [Duty]

And leaves of that shy plant,
  (Her flowers were shed_ the lily of the vale.
    That loves the ground, and from the sun withholds
      Her pensive beauty, from the breeze her sweets.
      - Excursion (bk. IX, l. 540)
        [Lilies-of-the-valley]

Is Man
  A child of hope? Do generations press
    On generations, without progress made?
      Halts the individual, ere his hairs be gray,
        Perforce?
      - Excursion (bk. V) [Hope]

Ah, what a warning for a thoughtless man,
  Could field or grove, could any spot of earth,
    Show to his eye an image of the pangs
      Which it hath witnesseth; render back an echo
        Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod!
      - Excursion (bk. VI) [Nature]

The unconquerable pang of despised love.
      - Excursion (bk. VI) [Love]

Why do not words, and kiss, and solemn pledge,
  And nature that is kind in woman's breast,
    And reason that in man is wise and good,
      And fear of Him who is a righteous Judge,--
        Why do not these prevail for human life,
          To keep two hearts together, that began
            Their spring-time with one love.
      - Excursion (bk. VI) [Matrimony]

And when the stream
  Which overflowed the soul was passed away,
    A consciousness remained that it had left,
      Deposited upon the silent shore
        Of memory, images and precious thoughts,
          That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed.
      - Excursion (bk. VII) [Memory]

But to a higher mark than song can reach,
  Rose this pure eloquence.
      - Excursion (bk. VII) [Eloquence]

Wisdom married to immortal verse.
      - Excursion (bk. VII) [Poetry]

A man of hope and forward-looking mind.
      - Excursion (bk. VII, 278) [Mind]

He could afford to suffer
  With those whom he saw suffer.
      - Excursion (I, 370) [Suffering]

And hear the mighty stream of tendency
  Uttering, for elevation of our thought,
    A clear sonorous voice, inaudible
      To the vast multitude.
      - Excursion (IX, 87) [Evolution]

And that unless above himself he can
  Erect himself, how poor a thing is man.
      - Excursion (V, 158), (Knight's edition)
        [Growth]

Smooth verse, inspired by no unlettered Muse.
      - Excursion (V, 262) [Authorship]

"What is good for a bootless bene?"
  With these dark words begins my Tale;
    And their meaning is, whence can comfort spring
      When Prayer is of no avail?
      - Force of Prayer [Prayer]

Primroses, the Spring may love them;
  Summer knows but little of them.
      - Foresight [Primroses]

A cheerful life is what the Muses love,
  A soaring spirit is their prime delight.
      - From the Dark Chambers [Cheerfulness]

"A jolly place," said he, "in times of old!
  But something ails it now; the spot is curst."
      - Hart-Leap Well (pt. II) [Change]

Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
  With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.
      - Hart-Leap Well (pt. II) [Humanity]

Hunt half a day for a forgotten dream.
      - Hart-Leap Well (pt. II, st. 9) [Dreams]

Hopes, what are they?--Beads of morning
  Strung on slender blades of grass;
    Or a spider's web adorning
      In a straight and treacherous pass.
      - Hopes, What are They? [Hope]

And she hath smiles to earth unknown--
  Smiles that with motion of their own
    Do spread, and sink, and rise.
      - I met Louisa in the Shade (st. 2),
        (afterwards cancelled by him, not found in complete edition of poems)
        [Smiles]

They flash upon that inward eye
  Which is the bliss of solitude.
      - I Wandered Lonely,
        lines in the poem written by Mrs. Wordsworth
        [Solitude]

A host of golden daffodils;
  Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
      - I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud [Daffodils]


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