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Poems in Two Volumes, Volume 1   By: (1770-1850)

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POEMS

POEMS IN TWO VOLUMES,

VOL. I.

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

AUTHOR OF THE LYRICAL BALLADS.

Posterius graviore sono tibi Musa loquetur Nostra: dabunt cum securos mihi tempora fructus.

CONTENTS

To the Daisy

Louisa

Fidelity

She was a Phantom of delight

The Redbreast and the Butterfly

The Sailor's Mother

To the Small Celandine

To the same Flower

Character of the Happy Warrior

The Horn of Egremont Castle

The Affliction of Margaret of

The Kitten and the falling Leaves

The Seven Sisters, or the Solitude of Binnorie

To H.C., six Years old

Among all lovely things my Love had been

I travell'd among unknown Men

Ode to Duty

POEMS, COMPOSED DURING A TOUR, CHIEFLY ON FOOT.

1. Beggars

2. To a Sky Lark

3. With how sad Steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the Sky

4. Alice Fell

5. Resolution and Independence

SONNETS

Prefatory Sonnet

PART THE FIRST MISCELLANEOUS SONNETS.

1.

2.

3. Composed after a Journey across the Hamilton Hills, Yorkshire

4.

5. To Sleep

6. To Sleep

7. To Sleep

8.

9. To the River Duddon

10. From the Italian of Michael Angelo

11. From the same

12. From the same. To the Supreme Being

13. Written in very early Youth

14. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept . 3, 1803

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16.

17. To

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19.

20. To the Memory of Raisley Calvert

PART THE SECOND SONNETS DEDICATED TO LIBERTY.

CONTENTS.

1. Composed by the Sea side, near Calais, August , 1802

2. Is it a Reed

3. To a Friend, composed near Calais, on the Road leading to Ardres, August 7th , 1802

4.

5.

6. On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic

7. The King of Sweden

8. To Toussaint L'Ouverture

9.

10. Composed in the Valley near Dover, on the Day of Landing

11.

12. Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland

13. Written in London, September, 1802

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23. To the Men of Kent. October, 1803

24.

25. Anticipation. October, 1803

26.

Notes:

[Transcribers' Note: the Notes will be found at the End of the Volume]

TO THE DAISY.

In youth from rock to rock I went From hill to hill, in discontent Of pleasure high and turbulent, Most pleas'd when most uneasy; But now my own delights I make, My thirst at every rill can slake, And gladly Nature's love partake Of thee, sweet Daisy!

When soothed a while by milder airs, Thee Winter in the garland wears 10 That thinly shades his few grey hairs; Spring cannot shun thee; Whole summer fields are thine by right; And Autumn, melancholy Wight! Doth in thy crimson head delight When rains are on thee.

In shoals and bands, a morrice train, Thou greet'st the Traveller in the lane; If welcome once thou count'st it gain; Thou art not daunted, 20 Nor car'st if thou be set at naught; And oft alone in nooks remote We meet thee, like a pleasant thought, When such are wanted.

Be Violets in their secret mews The flowers the wanton Zephyrs chuse; Proud be the Rose, with rains and dews Her head impearling; Thou liv'st with less ambitious aim, Yet hast not gone without thy fame; 30 Thou art indeed by many a claim The Poet's darling.

If to a rock from rains he fly, Or, some bright day of April sky, Imprison'd by hot sunshine lie Near the green holly, And wearily at length should fare; He need but look about, and there Thou art! a Friend at hand, to scare His melancholy. 40

A hundred times, by rock or bower, Ere thus I have lain couch'd an hour, Have I derived from thy sweet power Some apprehension; Some steady love; some brief delight; Some memory that had taken flight; Some chime of fancy wrong or right; Or stray invention... Continue reading book >>


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