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WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
English poet
(1770 - 1850)
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Sweetest melodies
  Are those that are by distance made more sweet.
      - Personal Talk (st. 2) [Music]

There's something in a flying horse,
  There's something in a huge balloon.
      - Peter Bell (prologue, st. 1) [Wonder]

A primrose by a river's brim,
  A yellow primrose was to him,
    And it was nothing more.
      - Peter Bell (pt. I, st. 12) [Primroses]

The soft blue sky did never melt
  Into his heart; he never felt
    The witching of the soft blue sky!
      - Peter Bell (pt. I, st. 15) [Sky]

Full twenty times was Peter feared,
  For once that Peter was respected.
      - Peter Bell (pt. I, st. 3) [Fear]

O dearer far than light and life are dear.
      - Poems Founded on the Affections
         (no. XIX, To------, VII, 114),
        (Knight's edition) [Love]

While all the future, for thy purer soul,
  With "sober certainties" of love is blest.
      - Poems Founded on the Affections (VII, 115),
        (Knight's edition) [Love]

Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky!
  Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?
    Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye
      Both with thy nest upon the dewy ground?
        Thy nest which thou canst drop into at will,
          Those quivering wings composed, that music still!
      - Poems of the Imagination--To a Skylark
        [Larks]

Leave to the nightingale her shady wood;
  A privacy of glorious light is thine:
    When thou dost pour upon the world a flood
      Of harmony, with instinct more divine:
        Type of the wise who soar, but never roam:
          True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home!
      - Poems of the Imagination--To a Skylark
        [Larks]

Now when the primrose makes a splendid show,
  And lilies face the March-winds in full blow,
    And humbler growths as moved with one desire
      Put on, to welcome spring, their best attire,
        Poor Robin is yet flowerless; but how gay
          With his red stalks upon this sunny day!
      - Poor Robin [Robins]

The bosom-weight, your stubborn gift,
  That no philosophy can lift.
      - Presentiments [Philosophy]

Choice word and measured phrase, above the reach
  Of ordinary men.
      - Resolution and Independence (st. 14)
        [Speech]

As high as we have mounted in delight
  In our dejection do we sink as low.
      - Resolution and Independence (st. 4)
        [Change]

But how can he expect that others should
  Build for him, sow for him, and at his call
    Love him, who for himself will take no heed at all?
      - Resolution and Independence (st. 6)
        [Idleness]

I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous Boy,
  The sleepless Soul that perished in his pride;
    OF him who walked in glory and in joy,
      Following his plough, along the mountain side.
      - Resolution and Independence (st. 7)
        [Poets]

At the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears,
  Hangs a thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years.
      - Reverie of Poor Susan [Thrushes]

A famous man is Robin Hood
  The English ballad-singer's joy.
      - Rob Roy's Grave [Ballads]

For why? because the good old rule
  Sufficeth them, the simple plan
    That they should take, who have the power,
      And they should keep, who can.
      - Rob Roy's Grave, motto of Scott's Rob Roy
        [Mottoes : Possession]

A youth to whom was given
  So much of earth, so much of heaven.
      - Ruth [Youth]

What know we of the Blest above
  But that they sing, and that they love?
      - Scene on the Lake of Brienz,
        quoted from Waller [Angels]

Scorn not the Sonnet. Critic, your have frowned,
  Mindless of its just honours; with this key
    Shakespeare unlocked his heart.
      - Scorn not the Sonnet [Shakespeare]

A violet by a mossy stone
  Half hidden from the eye!
    Fair as a star when only one
      Is shining in the sky.
      - She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
        [Violets]

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
  Beside the springs of Dove,
    A maid whom there were none to praise
      And very few to love.
      - She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
        [Obscurity]

A Creature not too bright or good
  For human nature's daily food;
    For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
      Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.
      - She was a Phantom of Delight
        [Proverbs : Women]

A perfect Woman, nobly planned
  To warn, to comfort, and command.
      - She was a Phantom of Delight [Women]


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