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Wordsworth, William    Poet's Biography
888 poems available by this author


11/1/2013       
First Line: How clear, how keen, how marvellously bright


1810 (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah! Where is palafox? Nor tongue nor pen
Last Line: On rampart, and the banks of all her streams.
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars; Spain


1810 (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: O'erweening statesmen have full long relied
Last Line: To labour and to prayer, to nature, and to heaven.
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars


1811    Poem Text    
First Line: Here pause: the poet claims at least this praise
Last Line: O wretched man, the throne of tyranny!
Subject(s): Freedom; Poetry & Poets; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850); Liberty


A CENTO MADE BY WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Throned in the sun's descending car
Last Line: Favourite passages from different authors, seems uobjectionable.]
Subject(s): Akenside, Mark (1721-1770); Beattie, James (1735-1803); Physicians; Poetry & Poets; Teaching & Teachers; Thomson, James (1700-1748); Doctors


A CHARACTER    Poem Text    
First Line: I marvel how nature could ever find space
Last Line: Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.
Subject(s): Thought


A COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a change -- and I am poor
Last Line: Of my fond heart, hath made me poor.
Subject(s): Loss; Memory; Pain; Absense


A FACT, AND AN IMAGINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The danish conqueror, on his royal chair
Last Line: "until they reach the bounds by heaven assigned."
Subject(s): Canute The Great, King Of England


A FLOWER GARDEN AT COLEORTON HALL, LEICESTERSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me, ye zephyrs! That unfold
Last Line: Though entering but as fancy's shade.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


A GRAVESTONE UPON THE FLOOR IN THE CLOISTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Miserrimus!' and neither name nor date
Last Line: Softly! -- to save the contrite, jesus bled.
Subject(s): Graves; Epitaphsd


A JEWISH FAMILY; IN A SMALL VALLEY OPPOSITE ST. GOAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Genius of raphael! If thy wings
Last Line: And proud jerusalem!
Subject(s): Germany; Jews; Rhine (River), Europe; Germans; Judaism


A NARROW GIRDLE OF ROUGH STONES AND CRAGS    Poem Text    
Last Line: And point rash-judgement is the name it bears
Subject(s): Humility; Charity


A NATION'S POWER NOT IN ARMIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The power of armies is a visible thing
Last Line: In every nook a lip that it may cheer.
Subject(s): Soldiers


A NIGHT PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky is overcast / with a continuous cloud of texture close
Last Line: Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.
Subject(s): Night


A NIGHT THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo! Where the moon along the sky
Last Line: And be forgiven.
Subject(s): Night


A PARSONAGE IN OXFORDSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where holy ground begins, unhallowed ends
Last Line: To saints accorded in their mortal hour.
Subject(s): Cemeteries


A PLACE OF BURIAL IN THE SOUTH OF SCOTLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Part fenced by man, part by a rugged steep
Last Line: With 'jubilate' from the choirs of spring!
Subject(s): Cemeteries


A PLEA FOR AUTHORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Failing impartial measure to dispense
Last Line: Source!
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship


A POET    Poem Text    
First Line: A poet! He hath put his heart to school
Last Line: But from its 'own' divine vitality.
Variant Title(s): Thy Art Be Nature
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A POET TO HIS GRANDCHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Son of my buried son, while thus thy hand ...'
Last Line: "my careless little-one, for thee and thine!"
Subject(s): Grandchildren


A POET'S EPITAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: Art thou a statesman [or, statist], in the van
Last Line: Or build thy house upon this grave.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


A PROPHESY    Poem Text    
First Line: High deeds, o germans, are to come from you
Last Line: First open traitor to the german name!
Subject(s): Germany


A SLUMBER DID MY SPIRIT SEAL    Poem Text    
Last Line: With rocks, and stones, and trees
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A TRADITION OF OKER HILL IN DARLEY DALE, DERBYSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis said that to the brow of yon fair hill
Last Line: That to itself takes all, eternity.
Subject(s): Trees; Absence; Brothers


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: In my mind's eye a temple, like a cloud
Last Line: "hell-gates are powerless phantoms when 'we' build."
Subject(s): God; Imagination


A VOLANT TRIBE OF BARDS ON EARTH ARE FOUND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of silent hills, and more than silent sky
Subject(s): Sky


A WHIRL-BLAST FROM BEHIND THE HILL     Poem Text    
Last Line: Were dancing to the minstrelsy
Subject(s): Leaves; Storms


A WREN'S NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the dwellings framed by birds
Last Line: In foresight, or in love.
Subject(s): Birds; Birds' Nests; Wrens


ADDRESS FROM THE SPIRIT OF COCKERMOUTH CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou look'st upon me, and dost fondly think ...'
Last Line: "still round my shattered brow in beauty wave."
Subject(s): Time; Transience


ADDRESS TO KILCHURN CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Child of loud-throated war! The mountain stream
Last Line: Lost on the aerial heights of the crusades!
Subject(s): Castles


ADDRESS TO MY INFANT DAUGHTER, DORA    Poem Text    
First Line: Hast thou then survived
Last Line: And reason's godlike power be proud to own.
Variant Title(s): Asked And Answered
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


ADIEU, RYDALIAN LAURELS! THAT HAVE GROWN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Or musing sits forsaken halls among
Subject(s): Farewell


ADMONITION [TO A TRAVELLER]    Poem Text    
First Line: Well may'st thou halt, and gaze with brightening eye
Last Line: On which it should be touched, would melt away.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


ADVANCE - COME FORTH FROM THY TYROLEAN GROUND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Here, there, and in all places at one hour
Subject(s): Alps


AERIAL ROCK - WHOSE SOLITARY BROW    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of golden sunset, ere it fade and die
Subject(s): Nature


AFTER LANDING - THE VALLEY OF DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Where be the noisy followers of the game
Last Line: And makes this rural stillness more profound.


AFTER LEAVING ITALY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair land! Thee all men greet with joy; how few
Last Line: Mother of heroes, from thy death-like sleep!
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


AFTER LEAVING ITALY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: As indignation mastered grief, my tongue
Last Line: My heart, and filled that heart with conflict strong.
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


AFTER VISITING THE FIELD OF WATERLOO    Poem Text    
First Line: A winged goddess - clothed in vesture wrought
Last Line: And horror breathing from the silent ground!
Subject(s): Waterloo; Battle Of Waterloo


AFTER-THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh life! Without thy chequered scene
Last Line: A portion of god's peace.


AIX-LA-CHAPELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it to disenchant, and to undo
Last Line: Where unremitting frosts the rocky crescent bleach.
Subject(s): Aachen, Germany; Aix-la-chapelle


ALICE FELL; OR, POVERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The post-boy drove with fierce career
Last Line: The little orphan, alice fell!
Variant Title(s): Alice Fell


AMONG THE RUINS OF A CONVENT IN THE APENNINES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye trees! Whose slender roots entwine
Last Line: Appear to sight still more forlorn.
Subject(s): Apennines (Mountains); Convents; Mountains; Ruins; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


AN APRIL MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: It was an april morning: fresh and clear
Last Line: May call it by the name of emma's dell.
Variant Title(s): Poems On The Naming Of Places: It Was An April Morning
Subject(s): April


AN EVENING WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from my dearest friend, 'tis mine to rove
Last Line: Or yell, in the deep woods, of lonely hound.


AND IS IT AMONG RUDE UNTUTORED DALES    Poem Text    
Last Line: The bread which without industry they find
Subject(s): Spain; Napoleonic Wars


ANDREW JONES    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate that andrew jones: he'll breed
Last Line: And sweep him from the village.


ANECDOTE FOR FATHERS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have a boy of five years old
Last Line: Of what from thee I learn.
Subject(s): Fathers


ANIMAL TRANQUILITY AND DECAY; A SKETCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The little hedgerow birds
Last Line: And there is dying in an hospital. --'
Variant Title(s): Old Man Travelling
Subject(s): Animals


ANTICIPATION. OCTOBER, 1803    Poem Text    
First Line: Shout, for a mighty victory is won!
Last Line: In glory will they sleep and endless sanctity.


APOLOGY. FOR THE FOREGOING POEMS (YARROW REVISTED)    Poem Text    
First Line: No more: the end is sudden and abrupt
Last Line: For prompt forgiveness will not sue in vain.


ARTEGAL AND ELIDURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Where be the temples, which in britain's isle
Last Line: "he bore the lasting name of ""pious elidure."
Subject(s): Great Britain


ASPECTS OF CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Patriots informed with apostolic light
Last Line: The purest stream of patient energy.
Subject(s): Protestantism; U.s. - Colonial Period


AT ALBANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Days passed - and monte calvo would not clear
Last Line: For by her son's blest hand the seed was sown.
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


AT APPLETHWAITE, NEAR KESWICH    Poem Text    
First Line: Beaumont! It was thy wish that I should rear
Last Line: With pride, the muses love it evermore.


AT BALA-SALA, ISLE OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Broken in fortune, but in mind entire
Last Line: "shine so, my aged brow, at all hours of the day!"
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


AT BOLONGA, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE INSURRECTION, 1837: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah why deceive ourselves! By no mere fit
Last Line: The light of knowledge, and the warmth of love.
Subject(s): Bologna, Italy; Revolutions


AT BOLONGA, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE INSURRECTION, 1837: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Hard task! Exclaim the undisciplined, to lean
Last Line: She scans the future with the eye of gods.
Subject(s): Bologna, Italy; Revolutions


AT BOLONGA, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE INSURRECTION, 1837: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: As leaves are to the tree whereon they grow
Last Line: Tossed on the bosom of a stormy sea.
Subject(s): Bologna, Italy; Revolutions


AT DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: From the pier's head, musing, and with increase
Last Line: "the shouts of folly, and the groans of sin."
Subject(s): Dover, England


AT FLORENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the shadow of a stately pile
Last Line: And, for a moment, filled that empty throne.
Subject(s): Florence, Italy


AT FURNESS ABBEY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where, of havoc tired and rash undoing
Last Line: Where, cavendish, 'thine' seems nothing but a name!
Subject(s): Furness Abbey; Abbey Of St. Mary


AT FURNESS ABBEY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Well have yon railway labourers to this ground
Last Line: While thus these simple-hearted men are moved?
Subject(s): Furness Abbey; Railroads; Abbey Of St. Mary; Railways; Trains


AT MOSGIEL    Poem Text    
First Line: There!' said a stripling, pointing with meet pride
Last Line: The tender charm of poetry and love.


AT ROME (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: They - who have seen the noble roman's scorn
Last Line: Nor must, nor will, nor can, despair of thee!
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


AT ROME (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Is this, ye gods, the capitolian hill?
Last Line: Change, with a brow not insolent, though stern.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


AT ROME - REGRETS - IN ALLUSION TO NIEBUHR (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Those old credulities, to nature dear
Last Line: Assent is power, belief the soul of fact.
Subject(s): History; Niebuhr, Barthold Georg (1776-1831); Rome, Italy; Historians


AT ROME - REGRETS - IN ALLUSION TO NIEBUHR (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Complacent fictions were they, yet the same
Last Line: For the blood-thirsty mead of odin's riotous hall.
Subject(s): History; Niebuhr, Barthold Georg (1776-1831); Rome, Italy; Historians


AT SEA OFF THE ISLE OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Bold words affirmed, in days when faith was strong
Last Line: With will, and to their work by passion linked.
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


AT THE CONVENT OF CAMALDOLI    Poem Text    
First Line: Grieve for the man who hither came bereft
Last Line: The most profound repose his cell can give.
Subject(s): Convents; Italy; Italians


AT THE CONVENT OF CAMALDOLI (CONTINUED)    Poem Text    
First Line: The world foresaken, all its busy cares
Last Line: Give him a soul that cleaveth unto thee.
Subject(s): Convents; Italy; Italians


AT THE EREMITE OR UPPER CONVENT OF CAMALDOLI    Poem Text    
First Line: What aim had they, the pair of monks, in size
Last Line: Meet on the solid ground of waking life.
Subject(s): Convents; Italy; Italians


AT THE GRAVE OF BURNS; SEVEN YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I shiver, spirit fierce and bold
Last Line: By seraphim.
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Poetry & Poets


AT THIS FAREWELL; COMPOSED IN ANTICIPATION OF LEAVING SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear native regions, I foretell
Last Line: On the dear hills where first he rose.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


AT VALLOMBROSA    Poem Text    
First Line: Vallombrosa - I longed in thy shadiest wood'
Last Line: To the fountain whence time and eternity flow.
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


AVAUNT ALL SPECIOUS PLIANCY OF MIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Her arts, her strength, her iron, and her gold
Subject(s): Spain


BEFORE THE PICTURE OF THE BAPTIST, BY RAPHAEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The baptist might have been ordained to cry
Last Line: "make straight a highway for the lord -- repent!"
Subject(s): Florence, Italy; John The Baptist, Saint (1st Century); Raphael (1483-1520)


BEGGARS    Poem Text    
First Line: She had a tall man's height or more
Last Line: Off to some other play the joyous vagrants flew!


BELOVED VALE!' I SAID, 'WHEN I SHALL CON'    Poem Text    
Last Line: The weight of sadness was in wonder lost
Subject(s): Valleys; Childhood Memories


BETWEEN NAMUR AND LIEGE    Poem Text    
First Line: What lovelier home could gentle fancy choose?
Last Line: From the smooth meadow-ground, serene and still!
Subject(s): Liege, Belgium


BLEAK SEASON WAS IT, TURBULENT AND BLEAK    Poem Text    
Last Line: To question us, “whence come ye? To what end?”
Subject(s): Travel; Winter; Adversity


BLEST STATESMAN HE, WHOSE MIND'S UNSELFISH WILL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Perilous is sweeping change, all chance unsound
Subject(s): Politics


BOTHWELL CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Immured in bothwell's towers, at times the brave
Last Line: How little that she cherishes is lost!
Subject(s): Castles; Scotland


BRUGES    Poem Text    
First Line: Bruges I saw attired with golden light
Last Line: Of nun-like females, with soft motion, glide!
Subject(s): Bruges, Belgium


BRUGES (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit of antiquity - enshrined
Last Line: A deeper peace than that in deserts found!
Subject(s): Bruges, Belgium


BUONAPARTE    Poem Text    
First Line: I grieved for buonaparte, with a vain
Last Line: True power doth grow on; and her rights are these.
Variant Title(s): 1801;i Grieved For Buonaparte
Subject(s): Government; Napoleon I (1769-1821)


BY A BLEST HUSBAND GUIDED, MARY CAME    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of resignation find a hallowed place
Subject(s): Death – Children; Mothers


BY A RETIRED MARINER    Poem Text    
First Line: From early youth I ploughed the restless main
Last Line: Though poor to sea I went, and poor I still remain.


BY MOSCOW SELF-DEVOTED TO A BLAZE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Finish the strife by deadliest victory!
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars; Moscow; Victory


BY THE SEA-SHORE, ISLE OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Why stand we gazing on the sparkling brine
Last Line: And revelling in long embrace with thee.
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


BY THE SEASIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is couched, the sea-fowl gone to rest
Last Line: "with a full heart; ""our thoughts are 'heard' in heaven."
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


BY THE SIDE OF RYDAL MERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The linnet's warble, sinking towards a close
Last Line: In thankful bosoms to a modest pride.


CALAIS, AUGUST 15, 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: Festivals have I seen that were not names
Last Line: The destiny of man, and live in hope.
Subject(s): France


CALAIS, AUGUST, 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it a reed that's shaken by the wind
Last Line: Shame on you, feeble heads, to slavery prone!
Subject(s): France


CALL NOT THE ROYAL SWEDE UNFORTUNATE    Poem Text    
Last Line: In thankful joy and gratulation pure
Subject(s): Gustavus Ii Adolphus, King (1595-1632); Sweden


CAPTIVITY. - MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: As the cold aspect of a sunless way ...'
Last Line: "and, like mine eyes that stream with sorrow, blind!"
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Mary Stuart


CAVE OF STAFFA (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: We saw, but surely, in the motley crowd
Last Line: Has deigned to work as if with human art!
Subject(s): Caves; Staffa (Island), Scotland; Caverns


CAVE OF STAFFA (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye shadowy beings, that have rights and claims
Last Line: Yon light shapes forth a bard, that shade a chief.
Subject(s): Caves; Staffa (Island), Scotland; Caverns


CAVE OF STAFFA; AFTER THE CROWD HAD DEPARTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Thanks for the lessons of this spot - fit school
Last Line: Of softest music some reponsive place.
Subject(s): Caves; Staffa (Island), Scotland; Caverns


CENOTAPH    Poem Text    
First Line: By vain affections unenthralled
Last Line: "I am the way, the truth, and the life."


CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHILD THREE YEARS OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Loving she is, and tractable, though wild
Last Line: Upon the bosom of a placid lake.


CHATSWORTH! THY STATELY MANSION, AND THE PRIDE    Poem Text    
Last Line: The extremes of favoured life, may honour both
Subject(s): Country Life


CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Air sleeps - from strife or stir the clouds.
Last Line: God being with thee when we know it not.
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


COME, YE LITTLE NOISY CREW    Poem Text    
First Line: I come, ye little noisy crew
Last Line: Will make a touching melody.
Variant Title(s): Address To The Scholars


COMPANION TO THE FOREGOING ['LOVE LIES BLEEDING']    Poem Text    
First Line: Never enlivened with the liveliest ray
Last Line: Called the dejected lingerer, 'loves lies bleeding'.


COMPOSED AFTER A JOURNEY ACROSS THE HAMBLETON HILLS, YORKSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Dark and more dark the shades of evening fell
Last Line: And from our earthly memory fade away.
Variant Title(s): "ere We Had Reached The Wished-for Place"";


COMPOSED AFTER READING A NEWSPAPER OF THE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: People! Your chains are severing link by link ...'
Last Line: Thou wilt provoke a heavier penalty.


COMPOSED AMONG THE RUINS OF A CASTLE IN NORTH WALES    Poem Text    
First Line: Through shattered galleries, 'mid roofless halls
Last Line: A soothing recompence, his gift, is thine!
Subject(s): Castles; Wales; Welshmen; Welshwomen


COMPOSED AT CORA LINN; IN SIGHT OF WALLACE'S TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord of the vale! Astounding flood
Last Line: That day the tyrant fell.
Subject(s): Cora Linn, Scotland


COMPOSED AT NEIDPATH CASTLE, 1803    Poem Text    
First Line: Degenerate douglas! O the unworthy lord!
Last Line: And the green silent pastures, yet remain.
Subject(s): Scotland


COMPOSED AT RYDAY ON MAY MORNING, 1838    Poem Text    
First Line: If with old love of you, dear hills! I share
Last Line: Chant in full choir their innocent te deum.


COMPOSED BY THE SEA-SHORE    Poem Text    
First Line: What mischief cleaves to unsubdued regret
Last Line: Sigh for the obscurities of happiness.


COMPOSED BY THE SEA-SIDE NEAR CALAIS [AUGUST 1802]    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair star of evening, splendor of the west
Last Line: Among men who do not love her, linger here.
Subject(s): England; Patriotism; English


COMPOSED BY THE SIDE OF GRASMERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clouds, lingering yet, extend in solid bars
Last Line: "ravage the world, tranquillity is here!"
Subject(s): Grasmere, England; Lakes; Pools; Ponds


COMPOSED DURING A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: One who was suffering tumult in his soul
Last Line: Of providential goodness ever nigh!


COMPOSED IN ONE OF THE CATHOLIC CANTONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Doomed as we are our native dust
Last Line: And feel, if we would know.


COMPOSED IN ONE OF THE VALLEYS OF WESTMORELAND ON EASTER SUNDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: With each recurrence of this glorious morn
Last Line: And benefits were weighed in reason's scales!
Subject(s): Bible; Easter; Holidays; Religion; The Resurrection; Theology


COMPOSED IN ROSLIN CHAPEL DURING A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind is now thy organist; - a clank
Last Line: Though mute, of all things blending into one.


COMPOSED IN THE GLEN OF LOCH ETIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: This land of rainbows spanning glens whose walls
Last Line: Where the all-conquering roman feared to tread.


COMPOSED IN THE VALLEY NEAR DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, on our native soil, we breathe once more
Last Line: With such a dear companion at my side.


COMPOSED NEAR CALAIS, ON THE ROAD LEADING TO ARDRES, 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: Jones! As from calais southward you and I
Last Line: Whose vernal coverts winter hath laid bare.
Variant Title(s): To A Friend, Composed Near Calais


COMPOSED ON A MAY MORNING, 1838    Poem Text    
First Line: Life with you lambs, like day, is just born
Last Line: Feed to the last on pleasures ever new?


COMPOSED ON THE BANKS OF A ROCKY STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dogmatic teachers, of the snow-white fur!
Last Line: But surely less so than your far-fetched themes!


COMPOSED ON THE EVE OF THE MARRIAGE OF A FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: What need of clamorous bells, or ribands gay
Last Line: To her indulgent lord become more dear.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 3, 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: Earth has not anything to show more fair
Last Line: And all that mighty heart is lying still!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet;sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, London, 1802;calm;morning In London;upon Westminster Bridge;westminster Bridge
Subject(s): Architecture & Architects; Cities; England; London; Morning; Nature; Rivers; Time; Urban Life; English


COMPOSED WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS ENGAGED IN WRITING A TRACT (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Not 'mid the world's vain objects that enslave
Last Line: Triumph, and thoughts no bondage can restrain.


COMPOSED WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS ENGAGED IN WRITING A TRACT (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I dropped my pen; and listened to the wind
Last Line: Tells also of bright calms that shall succeed.


CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: If these brief records, by the muse's art
Last Line: And honour rest upon the senseless clay.


COUNTESS'S PILLAR    Poem Text    
First Line: While the poor gather round, till the end of time
Last Line: "has ended, though no clerk, with ""god be praised!"


DAFFODILS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I wandered lonely as a cloud
Last Line: And dances with the daffodils.
Variant Title(s): The Daffodils
Subject(s): Daffodils; Flowers


DECADENCE OR THE UMBRELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: The pibroch's note, discountenanced or mute
Last Line: If not, o mortals, better cease to live!


DECAY OF PIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft have I seen, ere time had ploughed my cheek
Last Line: Their pensive light from a departed sun!
Subject(s): Piety


DEDICATION. SENT WITH THESE POEMS, IN MS., TO -.    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear fellow-travellers! Think not that the muse
Last Line: "shall lack not power the ""meeting soul to pierce!"


DEDICATION. TO -    Poem Text    
First Line: Happy the feeling from the bosom thrown
Last Line: Wilt smile upon this gift with more than mild content!


DEPARTURE. FROM THE VALE OF GRASMERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The gentlest shade that walked elysian plains
Last Line: That winds into itself for sweet return.


DESCRIPTIVE SKETCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Were there, below, a spot of holy ground
Last Line: The first whose footsteps print the mountain dew.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


DESIRE WE PAST ILLUSIONS TO RECALL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Flesh to exalt than prove its nothingness
Subject(s): Knowledge; Science


DESPOND WHO WILL - I HEARD A VOICE EXCLAIM    Poem Text    
Last Line: Toss in the fanning wind a humbler plume
Subject(s): Great Britain


DESPONDING FATHER! MARK THIS ALTERED BOUGH    Poem Text    
Last Line: To hope—in parents, sinful above all
Subject(s): Hope; Fathers; Children


DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not to be thought of that the flood
Last Line: Of earth's first blood, have titles manifold.
Variant Title(s): British Freedom;the British Heritage;england, 1802
Subject(s): Courage; England; Freedom; Valor; Bravery; English; Liberty


DESULTORY STANZAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is then the final page before me spread
Last Line: That treasures, yet untouched, may grace some future lay.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


DEVOTIONAL INCITEMENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where will they stop, those breathing powers
Last Line: From morn to eve, with hallowed rest.


DION    Poem Text    
First Line: Serene, and fitted to embrace
Last Line: "whose means are fair and spotless as his ends."


DIRGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mourn shepherd, near thy old grey stone
Last Line: Shining upon thy happy grave.


EAGLES: COMPOSED AT DUNOLLY CASTLE IN THE BAY OF OBAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Dishonored rock and ruin! That, by law
Last Line: His power, his beauty, and his majesty.
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles; Scotland


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1. 6. PERSECUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Lament! For diocletian's fiery sword
Last Line: By nature decked for holiest sacrifice.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1. 9. DISSENSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: That heresies should strike (if truth be scanned)
Last Line: Than heartless misery called them to repel.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 1. INTRODUCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I, who accompanied with faithful pace
Last Line: Immortal amaranth and palms abound.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 10. BRITONS VS. BARBARIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Rise! - they have risen: of brave aneurin ask
Last Line: And everlasting deeds to burning words!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 11. SAXON CONQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor wants the cause the panic-striking aid
Last Line: Of long-drawn rampart, witness what they were.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 12. MONASTERY OF OLD BANGOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The opression of the tumult - wrath and scorn'
Last Line: When laws, and creeds, and people all are lost!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 13. CASUAL INCITEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A bright-haired company of youthful slaves
Last Line: Glad halle-lujahs to the eternal king!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 14. GLAD TIDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: For ever hallowed be this morning fair
Last Line: And calm with fear of god's divinity.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; English History


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 15. PAULINUS    Poem Text    
First Line: But to remote northumbria's royal hall
Last Line: And what a pensive sage doth utter, hear!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 16. PERSUASION    Poem Text    
First Line: Man's life is like a sparrow, mighty king
Last Line: "his be a welcome cordially bestowed!"
Subject(s): Birds


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 17. CONVERSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Prompt transformation works the novel lore
Last Line: Shall, by regenerate life, the promise claim.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 18. APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor scorn the aid which fancy oft doth lend
Last Line: That even imperfect faith to man affords?


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 19. PRIMITIVE SAXON CLERGY    Poem Text    
First Line: How beautiful your presence, how benign
Last Line: And vows, that bind the will, in silence made.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 2. CONJECTURES    Poem Text    
First Line: If there be prophets on whose spirits rest
Last Line: The precious current they had taught to flow?


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 20. OTHER INFLUENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, when the body, round which in love we cling
Last Line: Of your own mighty instruments beware!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 21. SECLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Lance, shield, and sword relinquished
Last Line: For recompence -- their own perennial bower.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 22. SECLUSION (CONTINUED)    Poem Text    
First Line: Methinks that to some vacant hermitage
Last Line: Tired of the world and all its industry.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 23. REPROOF    Poem Text    
First Line: But what if one, through grove or flowery mead
Last Line: The last dear service of thy passing breath!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 24. SAXON MONASTERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: By such examples moved to unbought pains
Last Line: Lives black with guilt, ferocity it calms.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 25. MISSIONS AND TRAVELS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not sedentary all: there are who roam
Last Line: By these religious saved for all posterity.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 26. ALFRED    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold a pupil of the monkish gown
Last Line: In sacred converse gifts with alfred shares.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; English History


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 27. HIS DESCENDANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: When thy great soul was freed from mortal chains
Last Line: The fostered hyacinths spread their purple bloom.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 28. INFLUENCE ABUSED    Poem Text    
First Line: Urged by ambition, who with subtlest skill
Last Line: And sorceries of talent misapplied.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 29. DANISH CONQUESTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Woe to the crown that doth the cowl obey
Last Line: And widening circuit of ethereal sky.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 3. TREPIDATION OF THE DRUIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Screams round the arch-druids brow the sea-mew - white
Last Line: Receive the faith, and in the hope abide.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 30. CANUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: A pleasant music floats along the mere
Last Line: Of heaven-descended piety and song.
Subject(s): Canute The Great, King Of England; Piety


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 31. THE NORMAN CONQUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The woman-hearted confessor prepares
Last Line: To creed or ritual brings no fatal change.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 32.    Poem Text    
First Line: Coldly we spake. The saxons, overpowered
Last Line: Scooped from the sacred earth where his dear relics lie.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 33. THE COUNCIL OF CLERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: And shall,' the pontiff asks, 'profaneness flow ...'
Last Line: "through ""nature's hollow arch"" that voice resounds."


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 34. CRUSADES    Poem Text    
First Line: The turbaned race are poured in thickening swarms
Last Line: The precious tomb, their haven of salvation.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 35. RICHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Redoubted king, of courage leonine
Last Line: To giddier heights hath clomb the papal sway.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 36. AN INTERDICT    Poem Text    
First Line: Realms quake by turns: proud arbitress of grace
Last Line: And comfortless despairs the soul benumb.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 37. PAPAL ABUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: As with the stream our voyage we pursue
Last Line: And angry ocean roars a vain appeal.
Subject(s): Popes; Papacy


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 38. SCENE IN VENICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Black demons hovering o'er his mitred head
Last Line: In abject sympathy with power is lost.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 39. PAPAL DOMINION    Poem Text    
First Line: Unless to peter's chair the viewless wind
Last Line: Or smooth his front, our world is in his hand!
Subject(s): Popes; Papacy


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 4. DRUIDICAL EXCOMMUNICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Mercy and love have met thee on thy road
Last Line: That fills the soul with unavailing ruth.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 5. UNCERTAINTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness surrounds us; seeking, we are lost
Last Line: In vain, upon the growing rill may gaze.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 7. RECOVERY    Poem Text    
First Line: As, when a storm hath ceased, the birds regain
Last Line: For all things are less dreadful than they seem.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 8. TEMPTATIONS ... ROMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Watch, and be form! For, soul-subduing vice
Last Line: And instruments of deadliest servitude!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: How soon - alas! Did man, created pure -
Last Line: Pronounces, ne'er abandons charity.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 10.    Poem Text    
First Line: Where long and deeply hath been fixed the root
Last Line: Confirmed alike in progress and decline.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 11. TRANSUBSTANTIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough! For see, with dim association
Last Line: From rites that trample upon soul and sense.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 12. THE VAUDOIS    Poem Text    
First Line: But whence came they who for the savior lord
Last Line: Aliens, is god's good winter for their haunts.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 13.    Poem Text    
First Line: Praised be the rivers, from their mountain springs
Last Line: Blest prisoners they, whose spirits were at large!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 14. WALDENSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Those had given earliest notice, as the lark
Last Line: Of the new flame, not suffered to expire.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 15. AB. CHICHELY TO HENRY V    Poem Text    
First Line: What beast in the wilderness or cultured field ...'
Last Line: But one that leaps to meet the fanning breeze.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 16. WARS OF YORK & LANCASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus is the storm abated by the craft
Last Line: Gathers unblighted strength from hour to hour.
Subject(s): War Of The Roses


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 17. WICLIFFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Once more the church is seized with sudden fear
Last Line: "by truth, shall spread, throughout the world dispersed."
Subject(s): Wycliffe, John (1330-1384)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 18. CORRUPTIONS ... CLERGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Woe to you, prelates! Riding in ease ...'
Last Line: Of justice armed, and pride to be laid low.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 19. ABUSE OF MONASTIC POWER    Poem Text    
First Line: And what is penance with her knotted thong
Last Line: Who on the good of others builds his own!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 2.    Poem Text    
First Line: From false assumption rose, and fondly hailed
Last Line: By blind ambition, be this tribute paid.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 20. MONASTIC VOLUPTUOUSNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet more, - round many a convent's blazing fire
Last Line: "whose votive burthen is -- ""our kingdom's here!"


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 21. DISSOLUTION MONASTERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Threats come which no submission may asuage
Last Line: Arimathean joseph's wattled cells.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 22. DISSOLUTION MONASTERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The lovely nun (submissive, but more meek
Last Line: And the green vales lie hushed in sober light!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 23. DISSOLUTION MONASTERIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet many a novice of the cloistral shade
Last Line: To keep this new and questionable road?


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 24. SAINTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye, too, must fly before a chasing hand
Last Line: Gales sweet as those that over eden blew!
Subject(s): Saints


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 25. THE VIRGIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother! Whose virgin bosom was uncrost
Last Line: Of high with low, celestial with terrene!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To The Virgin
Subject(s): Catholics; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women In The Bible; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Virgin Mary


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 26. APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not utterly unworthy to endure
Last Line: Than the bare axe more luminous and keen.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 27. IMAGINATIVE REGRETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Deep is the lamentation! Not alone
Last Line: And stalking pillars built of fiery sand.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 28. REFLECTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Grant that by this unsparing hurricane
Last Line: Of reckless mastery, hitherto unknown.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 29. TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE    Poem Text    
First Line: But, to outweigh all harm, the sacred book
Last Line: Beneath their feet, detested and defiled.
Subject(s): Bible


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 3. CISTERTIAN MONASTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here man more purely lives, less oft doth fall
Last Line: And aery harvests crown the fertile lea.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 30. THE POINT AT ISSUE    Poem Text    
First Line: For what contend the wise? - for nothing less
Last Line: And worship him in spirit and in truth.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 31. EDWARD VI    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet is the holiness of youth' - so felt
Last Line: Piercing the papal darkness from afar!
Subject(s): Edward Vi, King Of England (1537-1553)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 32. EXECUTION JOAN OF KENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The tears of man in various measure gush
Last Line: To pen the mandates, nature doth disown.
Subject(s): Edward Vi, King Of England (1537-1553)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 33. THE REVIVAL OF POPERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The saintly youth has ceased to rule, discrowned
Last Line: Runs through blind channels of an unknown tongue.
Subject(s): Catholics; Roman Catholics; Catholicism


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 34. LATIMER AND RIDLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: How fast the marian death-list is unrolled!
Last Line: In constancy, in fellowship more fair!
Subject(s): Latimer, Hugh (1485-1555); Ridley, Nicholas (1503-1555)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 35. CRANMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Outstretching flameward his upbraided hand
Last Line: Emblem of faith untouched, miraculous attestation!
Subject(s): Cranmer, Thomas, Archbishop Canterbury


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 36. TROUBLES REFORMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Aid, glorious martyres, from your fields of light
Last Line: And victory sickens, ignorant where to rest!
Subject(s): Reformation


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 37. ENGLISH REFORMERS EXILE    Poem Text    
First Line: Scattering, like birds escaped the fowler's net
Last Line: The peace of god within his single breast!
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 38. ELIZABETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail, virgin queen! O'er many an envious bar
Last Line: By men and angels blest, the glorious light?
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 39. EMINENT REFORMERS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Methinks that I could trip o'er heaviest soil
Last Line: From fields where good men walk, or bowers wherein they rest.
Subject(s): Anglican Church; Hooker, Richard (1553-1600); Jewel, John (1522-1571)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 4.    Poem Text    
First Line: Deplorable his lot who tills the ground
Last Line: "which fellow-feeling doth not mitigate!"


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 40. EMINENT REFORMERS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Holy and heavenly spirits as they are
Last Line: And prophesy to ears that will not hear.
Subject(s): Anglican Church


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 41. DISTRACTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Men, who have ceased to reverence, soon defy
Last Line: For every wave against her peace unites.
Subject(s): Anglican Church


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 42. GUNPOWDER PLOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear hath a hundred eyes that all agree
Last Line: The blood of huguenots through paris streamed.
Subject(s): Gunpowder Plot; Guy Fawkes


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 44. TROUBLES OF CHARLES I    Poem Text    
First Line: Even such the contrast that, where'er we move
Last Line: Her blessings cursed -- her glory turned to shame!
Subject(s): Charles I, King Of England (1600-1649)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 45. LAUD    Poem Text    
First Line: Prejudged by foes determined not to spare
Last Line: All wounds, all perturbations doth allay?
Subject(s): Laud, William. Archbiship Of Canterbury


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 46. AFFLICTIONS OF ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Harp! Couldst thou venture, on thy boldest string
Last Line: His statutes like the chambers of the deep.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 5. MONKS AND SCHOOLMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Record we too, with just and faithful pen
Last Line: With orb and cycle girds the starry throng.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 6. OTHER BENEFITS    Poem Text    
First Line: And, not in vain embodied to the sight
Last Line: Of offices dispensing heavenly grace!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 7. OTHER BENEFITS -CONTINUED    Poem Text    
First Line: And what melodious sounds at times prevail
Last Line: And near the flame-eyed eagle sits the dove.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 8. CRUSADERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Furl we the sails, and pass with tardy oars
Last Line: For their high guerdon not in vain have panted!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 2: 9.    Poem Text    
First Line: As faith thus sanctified the warrior's crest
Last Line: The unconverted soul with awe submit.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 1.    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the figure of a lovely maid
Last Line: Of dissolution, melted into air.
Subject(s): Love


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 10. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Ungrateful country, if thou e'er forget
Last Line: And, if dissevered thence, its course is short.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 11. SACHEVEREL    Poem Text    
First Line: A sudden conflict rises from the swell
Last Line: Of truths that soften hatred, temper strife.
Subject(s): Sacheverell, Henry (1674-1724)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 12.    Poem Text    
First Line: Down a swift stream, thus far, a bold design
Last Line: How widely spread the interests of our theme.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 13. AMERICA, PILGRIM FATHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Well worthy to be magnified are they
Last Line: But in his glory who for sinners died.
Subject(s): Pilgrim Fathers; U.s. - Colonial Period


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 14. AMERICA, PILGRIM FATHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: From rite and ordinance abused they fled
Last Line: Concord and charity in circles move.
Subject(s): Pilgrim Fathers; U.s. - Colonial Period


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 16.    Poem Text    
First Line: Bishops and priests, blessed are ye, if deep
Last Line: Who framed the ordinance by your lives disowned!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 17. PLACES OF WORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: As star that shines dependent upon star
Last Line: Find solace which a busy world disdains.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 18. PASTORAL CHARACTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A genial hearth, a hospitable board
Last Line: The stubborn spirit of rebellious man?


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 19. THE LITURGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, if the intensities of hope and fear
Last Line: Shall dissipate the seas and mountains hoary.
Subject(s): Anglican Church


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 2. PATRIOTIC SYMPATHIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night, without a voice, that vision spake
Last Line: And sorrow bartered for exceeding joy.
Subject(s): Patriotism


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 20. BAPTISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear be the church that, watching o'er the needs
Last Line: With what man hopes from heaven, yet fears from earth.
Subject(s): Baptism; Christenings


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 21. SPONSORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Father! To god himself we cannot give
Last Line: An idle form, the word an empty sound!


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 22. CATECHISING    Poem Text    
First Line: From little down to least, in due degree
Last Line: And ill requited by this heartfelt sigh!
Subject(s): Catechism


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 23. CONFIRMATION    Poem Text    
First Line: The young-ones gathered in from hill and dale
Last Line: That ere the sun goes down their childhood sets.
Subject(s): Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 24. CONFIRMATION (CONTINUED)    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw a mother's eye intensely bent
Last Line: The summer-leaf had faded, passed to heaven.
Subject(s): Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 25. SACRAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: By chain yet stronger must the soul be tied
Last Line: Armour divine, and conquer in your cause!
Subject(s): Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 26. THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: The vested priest before the altar stands
Last Line: Weep not, meek bride! Uplift thy timid brow.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 27. THANKSGIVING CHILDBIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Woman! The power who left his throne on high
Last Line: Of thee thus kneeling, safety he may find.
Subject(s): Birth; Mothers; Child Birth; Midwifery


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 28. VISITATION OF THE SICK    Poem Text    
First Line: The sabbath bells renew the inviting peal
Last Line: With a bad world, and foil the tempter's arts.
Subject(s): Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 29. THE COMMINATION SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shun not the rite, neglected, yea abhorred
Last Line: Yield timely fruit of peace and love and joy.
Subject(s): Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 3. CHARLES THE SECOND    Poem Text    
First Line: Who comes - with rapture greeted, and caressed
Last Line: By poets loathed; from which historians shrink!
Subject(s): Charles Ii, King Of England (1630-1685)


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 30. FORMS OF PRAYER AT SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: To kneeling worshippers no earthly floor
Last Line: Will listen, and ye know that he is just.
Subject(s): Prayer; Sea; Worship; Ocean


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 31. FUNERAL SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: From the baptismal hour, thro' weal and woe
Last Line: "where is thy sting? -- o grave, where is thy victory?"
Subject(s): Funerals; Sacraments; Burials


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 32. RURAL CEREMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Closing the sacred book which long has fed
Last Line: And hooker's voice the spectacle approves!
Subject(s): Country Life; Sacraments


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 33. REGRETS    Poem Text    
First Line: Would that our scrupulous sires had dared to leave
Last Line: Strains offered only to the genial spring.
Variant Title(s): Church Decking At Christmas
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 34. MUTABILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: From low to high doth dissolution climb
Last Line: Or the unimaginable touch of time.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Transience; Impermanence


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 35. OLD ABBEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Monastic domes! Following my down-ward way
Last Line: Your spirit freely let me drink, and live!
Subject(s): Monasteries; Abbeys


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 36. EMIGRANT FRENCH CLERGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even while I speak, the sacred roofs of france
Last Line: Give to their faith a fearless resting-place.
Subject(s): Clergy; France; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 37. CPNGRATULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus all things lead to charity, secured
Last Line: Licence and slavish order, dares be free.
Subject(s): Charity; Philanthropy


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 38. NEW CHURCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: But liberty, and triumphs on the main
Last Line: That vale or hill prolongs or multiplies!
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 39. CHURCH TO BE ERECTED (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Be this the chosen site; the virgin soil
Last Line: That shall protect from blasphemy the land.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 4. LATITUDINARIANISM    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet truth is keenly sought for, and the wind
Last Line: "of things invisible to mortal sight."


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 40. CHURCH TO BE ERECTED (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine ear has rung, my spirit sunk subdued
Last Line: Creep round its arms through centuries unborn.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 41. NEW CHURCHYARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The encircling ground, in native turf arrayed
Last Line: That to the almighty father looks through all.
Subject(s): Churchyards


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 42. NEW CATHEDRALS, ETC.    Poem Text    
First Line: Open your gates, ye everlasting piles!
Last Line: Isis and cam, to patient science dear!
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 43. KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL(1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Tax not the royal saint with vain expense
Last Line: That they were born for immortality.
Variant Title(s): Inside Of King's College Chapel, Cambridge;king's College Chapel;within King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Subject(s): Cambridge University


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 44. KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL(2)    Poem Text    
First Line: What awful perspective! While from our sight
Last Line: Of the devout, a veil of ecstasy!
Subject(s): Cambridge University


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 45. KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL(3)    Poem Text    
First Line: They dreamt not of a perishable home
Last Line: Of grateful england's overflowing dead.
Subject(s): Cambridge University


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 46. EJACULATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Glory to god! And to the power who came
Last Line: At the approach of all-involving night.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 47. CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Why sleeps the future, as a snake enrolled
Last Line: For the perfected spirit of the just!
Variant Title(s): "why Sleeps The Future, As A Snake Enrolled"";


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 5. WALTON'S BOOK OF LIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: There are no colors in the fairest sky
Last Line: Around meek walton's heavenly memory.
Subject(s): Walton, Izaak (1593-1683); Writing & Writers


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 6. CLERICAL INTEGRITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor shall the eternall roll of praise reject
Last Line: Lures not from what they deem the cause of god.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 7. SCOTTISH COVENANTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When alpine valleys threw forth a suppliant cry
Last Line: Against a champion cased in adamant.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 8. ACQUITTAL OF THE BISHOPS    Poem Text    
First Line: A voice, from long-expecting thousands sent
Last Line: A prelate's blessing ask on bended knees.


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 9. WILLIAM THE THIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: Calm as an under-current, strong to draw
Last Line: Shrinks from the verdict of his stedfast eye.
Subject(s): Sea; William Iii, King Of England (1650-1702); Ocean


ECHO, UPON THE GEMMI    Poem Text    
First Line: What beast of chase hath broken from the cover?
Last Line: A thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed!
Subject(s): Gemmi (Mountain), Switzerland


EFFUSION IN PRESENCE OF THE PAINTED TOWER OF TELL    Poem Text    
First Line: What though the italian pencil wrought not here
Last Line: And to his father give its own unerring aim.
Subject(s): Altorf, Switzerland


EFFUSION. IN THE PLEASURE-GROUND ON THE BANKS OF THE BRAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What he - who, mid the kindred throng
Last Line: Recoiled into the wilderness.
Subject(s): Scotland


EINSIEDELN ABBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Mid savage rocks, and seas of snow that shine
Last Line: In mute devotion on the thankful breast!
Subject(s): Alps; Einsiedeln, Switzerland; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


ELEGIAC MUSINGS IN THE GROUNDS OF COLEORTON HALL    Poem Text    
First Line: With copious eulogy in prose or rhyme
Last Line: The god upon whose mercy they are thrown.


ELEGIAC STANZAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Lulled by the sound of pastoral bells
Last Line: The rising pang to smother.
Subject(s): Drowning; Goddard, Frederick William (D. 1820); Zurich (Lake), Switzerland


ELEGIAC STANZAS ADDRESSED TO SIR G.H.B    Poem Text    
First Line: O for a dirge! But why complain?
Last Line: That tempts us to adore.
Subject(s): Beaumont, Sir George Howland (1753-1827)


ELEGIAC STANZAS SUGGESTED BY A PICTURE OF PEELE CASTLE, IN A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: I was thy neighbour once, thou rugged pile!
Last Line: Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.
Variant Title(s): On A Picture Of Peele Castle In A Storm;nature And The Poet;peele Castle
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Nature; Paintings & Painters; Wordsworth, John


ELEGIAC VERSES IN MEMORY OF MY BROTHER, JOHN WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The sheep-boy whistled loud, and lo!
Last Line: On any earthly hope, however pure!


ELLEN IRWIN; OR THE BRAES OF KIRTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair ellen irwin, when she sate
Last Line: "and its forlorn ""hie jacet""!"


EMPERORS AND KINGS, HOW OFT HAVE TEMPLES RUNG    Poem Text    
Last Line: Than ever forced unpitied hearts to bleed
Subject(s): Vanity; Peace; Courts & Couriers


ENGELBERG, THE HILL OF ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: For gentlest uses, oftimes nature takes
Last Line: Whose skirts the glowing mountain thirsted to detain!
Subject(s): Engelberg, Switzerland


ENGLISH VOLUNTARIES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Calm is the fragrant air and loathe to lose
Last Line: As a last token of man's toilsome day!


EPISTLE TO SIR GEORGE HOWLAND BEAUMONT, BART    Poem Text    
First Line: Far from our home by grasmere's quiet lake
Last Line: Farewell.


EPITAPH IN THE CHAPEL-YARD OF LANGDALE, WESTMORELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: By playful smiles, (alas! Too oft)
Last Line: For peace on earth and bliss in heaven.


ERE WITH COLD BEADS OF MIDNIGHT DEW    Poem Text    
Last Line: A subject, not a slave!
Subject(s): Love – Nature Of


EVEN AS A DRAGON'S EYE THAT FEELS THE STRESS    Poem Text    
Last Line: While hearts and voices in the song unite
Subject(s): Family Life; Mountains


EVENING BY THE THAMES    Poem Text    
First Line: How richly glows the water's breast
Last Line: Though grief and pain may come to-morrow?


EVENING ON CALAIS BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: It is a beauteous evening, calm and free
Last Line: God being with thee when we know it not.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet;by The Sea;sunset And Sea;holy Calm;on The Sea-shore Near Calais;composed Upon The Beach, Near Calais;the Holiness Of Childhood;composed Upon The Beach Near Calais, August, 1802
Subject(s): God; Nature; Pantheism; Travel; Journeys; Trips


EVENING VOLUNTARIES: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Not in the lucid intervals of life
Last Line: His gracious help, or give what we abuse.


EVENING VOLUNTARIES: TO LUCCA GIORDANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Giordano, verily thy pencil's skill
Last Line: Or lured along where greenwood paths he trod.
Variant Title(s): Endymion
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Giordano, Luca (1632-1705); Paintings And Painters


EVENING VOLUNTARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Had this effulgence disappeared
Last Line: And night approaches with her shades.
Variant Title(s): Composed Upon An Evening Of Extraordinary Splendor [and Beauty];ode. An Evening Of Extraordinary Splendor And Beauty;ode: Composed Upon Evening Of Extraordinary Splendour/Beauty
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


EXPOSTULATION AND REPLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why, william, on that old grey stone
Last Line: "and dream my time away,"


EXTEMPORE EFFUSION UPON THE DEATH OF JAMES HOGG    Poem Text    
First Line: When first, descending from the moorlands
Last Line: And ettrick mourns with her their poet dead.
Variant Title(s): Memories Of Departed Friends;on The Death Of James Of James Hogg
Subject(s): Hogg, James (1770-1835); Yarrow (Water), Scotland


FAIR PRIME OF LIFE! WERE IT ENOUGH TO GILD    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of grateful memory, bid that joy depart
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


FANCY AND TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: The lovers took within this ancient grove
Last Line: Studied alike in palace and in cot.


FAREWELL LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: High bliss is only for a higher state'
Last Line: With hope that we, dear friends! Shall meet again.


FEEL FOR THE WRONGS TO UNIVERSAL KEN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Each from his fountain of self-sacrifice!
Subject(s): Sympathy


FEELINGS OF A FRENCH ROYALIST, ON THE DISINTERMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear reliques! From a pit of vilest mould
Last Line: Of justice sent to earth from highest heaven!
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789)


FEELINGS OF A NOBLE BISCAYAN AT ONE OF THOSE FUNERALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet, yet biscayans! We must meet our foes
Last Line: Descend on all that issues from our blood.


FEELINGS OF THE TYROLESE    Poem Text    
First Line: The land we from our fathers had in trust
Last Line: Our virtue, and to vindicate mankind.
Subject(s): Freedom; Hofer, Andreas (1767-1810); Tyrol, Austria; Liberty


FIDELITY    Poem Text    
First Line: A barking sound the shepherd hears
Last Line: Above all human estimate!
Variant Title(s): Helvellyn
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Helvellyn (Mountain), England


FILIAL PIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Untouched through all severity of cold
Last Line: And red-breasts warble when sweet sounds are rare.
Subject(s): Piety


FIRST OF MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: While from the purpling east departs
Last Line: The sovereignty of may.
Subject(s): May (Month)


FISH-WOMEN - ON LANDING AT CALAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis said, fantastic ocean doth enfold
Last Line: The undisturbed abodes where sea-nymphs dwell!
Subject(s): Calais, France; Sea; Ocean


FLOWERS ON THE TOP OF THE PILLARS AT ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope smiled when your nativity was cast
Last Line: As the supreme artificer ordained.
Subject(s): Caves; Staffa (Island), Scotland; Caverns


FLY, SOME KIND HARBINGER, TO GRASMEREDALE!    Poem Text    
Last Line: Smile on his mother now with bolder cheer
Subject(s): Jesus Christ


FOR THE SPOT WHERE THE HERMITAGE STOOD ON ST. HERBERT'S    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou in the dear love of some one friend
Last Line: Those holy men both died in the same hour.


FORESIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: That is work of waste and ruin
Last Line: And for that promise spare the flower!


FORT FUENTES    Poem Text    
First Line: Dread hour! When, upheaved by war's sulphurous blast
Last Line: Our tumults appeased, and our strifes passed away!


FORTH FROM A JUTTING RIDGE, AROUND WHOSE BASE    Poem Text    
Last Line: From age to age in blended memory
Subject(s): Sisters; Mountains; Death


FOUR FIERY STEEDS IMPATIENT OF THE REIN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Gaze on the moon by parting clouds revealed
Subject(s): Horses; Lake District, England


FRAGMENT: REDUNDANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the more / failed I to lengthen out my watch
Last Line: Of movement and creation doubly felt.


FRAGMENT: THE QUANTOCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: These populous slopes
Last Line: Of peopled solitude.
Subject(s): Quantock, England; Solitude; Loneliness


FRENCH REVOLUTION; AS IT APPEARED TO ENTHUSIASTS AT ITS COMMENCEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh! Pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
Last Line: We find our happiness, or not at all!
Variant Title(s): The Prelude': Book Xi, 105-143
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789)


FROM THE ALBAN HILLS, LOOKING TOWARDS ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgive, illustrious country! These deep sighs
Last Line: On the third stage of thy great destiny.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


GEORGE AND SARAH GREEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Who weeps for strangers? Many wept
Last Line: That may not be untied!


GEORGE III    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that all hearts are glad, all faces bright
Last Line: The triumphs of this hour; for they are thine!
Subject(s): George Iii, King Of England (1738-1820)


GIPSIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet are they here the same unbroken knot
Last Line: Wild outcasts of society!
Subject(s): Gypsies


GLAD SIGHT WHEREVER NEW WITH OLD    Poem Text    
Last Line: We gaze, we also learn to love.
Subject(s): Beauty; Perception


GLEN-ALMAIN, THE NARROW GLEN    Poem Text    
First Line: In this still place, remote from men
Last Line: Lies buried in this lonely place.
Subject(s): Death


GO BACK TO ANTIQUE AGES, IF THINE EYES    Poem Text    
Last Line: While, to dislodge his game, cities are sacked!
Subject(s): History


GOLD AND SILVER FISHES IN A VASE    Poem Text    
First Line: The soaring lark is blest as proud
Last Line: Delight resembling love.
Subject(s): Fish


GOODY BLAKE AND HARRY GILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, what's the matter? What's the matter?
Last Line: Of goody blake and harry gill!
Subject(s): Poverty


GORDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: At early dawn, or rather when the air
Last Line: And force their passage to the salt-see tides!
Subject(s): Cliffs


GRACE DARLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the dwellers in the silent fields
Last Line: Yea, to celestial choirs, grace darling's name!
Subject(s): Women


GREAT MEN HAVE BEEN AMONG US    Poem Text    
First Line: Great men have been among us; hands that penned
Last Line: But equally a want of books and men!
Subject(s): Greatness; France


GREENOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: We have not passed into a doleful city
Last Line: The poor, the lonely, herdsman's joy and pride.
Subject(s): Greenock, Scotland


GRIEF, THOU HAST LOST AN EVER-READY FRIEND    Poem Text    
Last Line: The mantling triumphs of a day too blest
Subject(s): Loss; Spinning & Spinners


GUILT AND SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: A traveller on the skirt of sarum's plain
Last Line: And drop, as he once dropped, in miserable trance.
Variant Title(s): Salisbury Plain And Stonehenge
Subject(s): Landscape; Salisbury, England; Stonehenge


HAIL, ZARAGOZA! IF WITH UNWET EYE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And law was from necessity received
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars; Spain


HARK! 'TIS THE THRUSH, UNDAUNTED, UNDEPREST    Poem Text    
Last Line: Thrilled by loose snatches of the social lay
Subject(s): Thrushes


HART'S HORN TREE, NEAR PENRITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Here stood an oak, that long had borne affixed
Last Line: Verse that would guard thy memory, hart's-horn tree!
Subject(s): Oak Trees; Scotland


HART-LEAP WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The knight had ridden down from wensley moor
Last Line: "with sorrow of the meanest thing that feels."
Subject(s): Wells; Monuments


HER EYES ARE WILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Her eyes are wild, her head is bare
Last Line: "and there, my babe, we'll live for aye."
Subject(s): Eyes


HER ONLY PILOT THE SOFT BREEZE, THE BOAT    Poem Text    
Last Line: No fleeting spirit, but my own true love?
Subject(s): Muses; Imagination; Memory; Writing & Writers


HESPERUS    Poem Text    
First Line: It is no spirit who from heaven hath flown
Last Line: Tread there with steps that no one shall reprove!
Subject(s): Soul; Starts


HINT FROM THE MOUNTAINS FOR CERTAIN POLITICAL PRETENDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who but hails the sight with pleasure'
Last Line: "its endeavouring!"
Subject(s): Politics & Government


HOFER    Poem Text    
First Line: Of mortal parents is the hero born
Last Line: The tyrant, and confound his cruelty.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


HOME AT GRASMERE    Poem Text    
First Line: On nature's invitation do I come
Last Line: Perfect contentment, unity entire.
Subject(s): Grasmere, England; Home


HOMEWARD WE TURN. ISLE OF COLUMBA'S CELL    Poem Text    
Last Line: Thy whereabout, to warn the approaching sail
Subject(s): Homecoming


HONOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Say, what is honor? 'tis the finest sense
Last Line: Are forfeited; but infamy doth kill.
Subject(s): Honor


HOW BEAUTIFUL THE QUEEN OF NIGHT, ON HIGH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Break forth,—again to walk the clear blue sky
Subject(s): Moon; Night


HOW RICH THAT FOREHEADS CALM EXPANSE!    Poem Text    
Last Line: Their sanctity revealing!
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Beauty


HUMANITY    Poem Text    
First Line: What though the accused, upon his own appeal
Last Line: Which nothing less than infinite power could give.
Subject(s): Humanity


HYMN FOR THE BOATMEN, AS THEY APPROACH THE RAPIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Jesu! Bless our slender boat
Last Line: Miserere domine!'
Subject(s): Boats; Rivers; God


I KNOW AN AGED MAN CONSTRAINED TO DWELL    Poem Text    
Last Line: That friendship lasts though fellowship is broken!
Subject(s): Old Age; Poverty; Robins; Prisons & Prisoners


ILLUSTRATED BOOKS AND NEWSPAPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Discourse was deemed man's noblest attribute
Last Line: Nothing? Heaven keep us from a lower stage!
Subject(s): Magazines; Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


IN A CARRIAGE, UPON THE BANKS OF THE RHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Amid this dance of objects sadness steals
Last Line: And in fit measure cheers autumnal days.
Subject(s): Germany; Germans


IN A GARDEN; AT COLEORTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft is the medal faithful to its trust
Last Line: Were shaped to cheer dark winter's lonely hours.
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


IN ALLUSION TO RECENT HISTORIES ... FRENCH REVOLUTION (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Portentous change when history can appear
Last Line: The sacred limits of humanity.
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789); History; Historians


IN ALLUSION TO RECENT HISTORIES ... FRENCH REVOLUTION (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Who ponders national events shall find
Last Line: Is to control and check disordered powers?
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789); History; Historians


IN ALLUSION TO RECENT HISTORIES ... FRENCH REVOLUTION (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Long-favoured england! Be not thou misled
Last Line: Not scourge, to save the people -- not destroy.
Subject(s): French Revolution (1789); History; Historians


IN DUE OBSERVANCE OF AN ANCIENT RITE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And joy returns, to brighten fortitude
Subject(s): Death – Children; Faith


IN SIGHT OF THE TOWN OF COCKERMOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: A point of life between my parent's dust
Last Line: And only love keep in your hearts a place.
Subject(s): Cockermouth, England


IN THE CATHEDRAL AT COLOGNE    Poem Text    
First Line: O for the help of angels to complete
Last Line: Of penetrating harps and voices sweet!
Subject(s): Cologne, Germany


IN THE CHANNEL, BETWEEN THE COAST OF CUMBERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Ranging the heights of scawfell or blackcomb
Last Line: To cope with sages undevoutly free.
Subject(s): English Channel


IN THE FRITH OF CLYDE, AILSA CRAG    Poem Text    
First Line: Since risen from ocean, ocean to defy
Last Line: For her mute powers, fixed forms, or transient shows.


IN THE GROUNDS OF COLEORTON; THE SEAT OF SIR GEORGE BEAUMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: The embowering rose, the acacia, and the pine
Last Line: Fletcher's associate, jonson's friend beloved.


IN THE PASS OF KILLICRANKIE, AN INVASION BEING EXPECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Six thousand veterans practised in war's game
Last Line: And her foes find a like inglorious grave.


IN THE SIMPLON PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Vallombrosa! I longed in thy shadiest wood
Last Line: Of love in the heart made more happy by tears?
Variant Title(s): Stanzas Composed In The Simplon Pass
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Simplon (Mountain), Switzerland; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


IN THE SOUND OF MULL    Poem Text    
First Line: Tradition, be thou mute! Oblivion, throw
Last Line: "yon towering peaks, ""shepherds of etive glen?"
Subject(s): Violence


IN THE WOODS OF RYDAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Wild redbreast! Hadst thou at jemima's lip
Last Line: To trust a poet in still musings bound.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


INCIDENT AT BRUGES    Poem Text    
First Line: In bruges town is many a street
Last Line: Of english liberty?
Subject(s): Bruges, Belgium; Travel; Journeys; Trips


INCIDENT CHARACTERISTIC OF A FAVOURITE DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: On his morning rounds the master
Last Line: Until her fellow sinks to re-appear no more.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


INDIGNATION OF A HIGH-MINDED SPANIARD    Poem Text    
First Line: We can endure that he should waste our lands
Last Line: That he has power to inflict what we lack strength to bear.
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars; Anger


INSCRIPTION FOR A MONUMENT IN CROSTHWAITE CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye vales and hills whose beauty hither drew
Last Line: Calmed in his soul the fear of change and death.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


INSCRIPTION FOR A SEAT IN THE GROVES OF COLEORTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath yon eastern ridge, the craggy bound
Last Line: From airy words alone, a pile that ne'er decays.


INSCRIPTION ON A ROCK AT RYDAL MOUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: Wouldst thou be gathered to christ's chosen flock
Last Line: The living rock of god's eternal word.


INSCRIPTION SUPPOSED FOUND ... HERMIT'S CELL: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Hopes what are they? - beads of morning
Last Line: That precedes the passing knell!


INSCRIPTION SUPPOSED FOUND ... HERMIT'S CELL: 2. UPON A ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Pause, traveller! Whosoe'er thou be
Last Line: With shapeless ruin spread around!


INSCRIPTION SUPPOSED FOUND ... HERMIT'S CELL: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Hast thou seen, with flash incessant
Last Line: From the rock eternity!


INSCRIPTION SUPPOSED FOUND ... HERMIT'S CELL: 4. NEAR SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Troubled long with warring notions
Last Line: Of divine tranquillity!


INSCRIPTION SUPPOSED FOUND ... HERMIT'S CELL: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Not seldom, clad in radiant vest
Last Line: But faith sublimed to ecstasy!


INTENDED FOR A STONE IN THE GROUNDS OF RYDAL MOUNT    Poem Text    
First Line: In these fair vales hath many a tree
Last Line: As one of the departed
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Self


INTENT ON GATHERING WOOL FROM HEDGE AND BRAKE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And faith--these only yield secure relief
Subject(s): Farm Life; Children


INVOCATION TO THE EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Rest, rest, perturbed earth!
Last Line: And the pure vision closed in darkness infinite.
Subject(s): Earth; World


IONA    Poem Text    
First Line: On to iona! - what can she afford
Last Line: While heaven's vast sea of voices chants their praise.
Subject(s): Iona, Scotland


IONA. UPON LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: How sad a welcome! To each voyager
Last Line: "shall gild their passage to eternal rest."
Subject(s): Iona, Scotland


IS THERE A POWER THAT CAN SUSTAIN AND CHEER    Poem Text    
Last Line: When he himself was tried in open light


ISLE OF MAN (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: A youth too certain of his power to wade
Last Line: The power that saved him in his strange distress.
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


ISLE OF MAN (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Did pangs of grief for lenient time too keen
Last Line: Shrink from the daily sight of earth and sky!
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


JUNE, 1820    Poem Text    
First Line: Fame tells of groves - from england far away
Last Line: Ye heavenly birds! To your progenitors.


JUNGFRAU    Poem Text    
First Line: The virgin-mountain, wearing like a queen
Last Line: Deafening the region in his ireful mood.
Variant Title(s): The Jungfrau And The Fall Of The Rhine Near Schaffhausen
Subject(s): Alps; Jungfrau (Mountain), Switzerland; Mountains; Rhine (River), Europe; Schaffhausen, Switzerland; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


KITTEN AND FALLEN LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: See the kitten on the wall
Last Line: For the plaudits of the crowd?
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


LAKE URI    Poem Text    
First Line: From such romantic dreams, my soul, awake!
Last Line: To pilgrims overcome by summer's heat.
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Uri (Lake), Switzerland; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


LAMENT OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Smile of the moon! - for so I name
Last Line: Reposed upon the block!
Subject(s): Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Mary Stuart


LAODAMIA    Poem Text    
First Line: With sacrifice before the rising morn
Last Line: A constant interchange of growth and blight!
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


LIBERTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Those breathing tokens of your kind regard
Last Line: Shall with a thankful tear bedrop its latest page.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


LINES AFTER TEA AT GRASMERE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun has long been set
Last Line: On such a night as this is!
Variant Title(s): "a Night In June;""the Sun Has Long Been Set"";


LINES COMPOSED A FEW MILES ABOVE TINTERN ABBEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Five years have passed; five summers, with the length
Last Line: More dear, both for themselves and for thy sake!
Variant Title(s): Tintern Abbey;on Revisiting The Banks Of The Wye
Subject(s): England; Holidays; Immortality; Nature; Religion; Trees; English; Theology


LINES COMPOSED AT GRASMERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Loud is the vale! The voice is up
Last Line: Then wherefore should we mourn?
Subject(s): Fox, Charles James (1749-1806)


LINES LEFT UPON A SEAT IN A YEW-TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nay, traveller! Rest. This lonely yew-tree stands
Last Line: In lowliness of heart.


LINES ON THE EXPECTED INVASION    Poem Text    
First Line: Come ye - who, if (which heaven avert!) the land
Last Line: But british reason and the british sword.


LINES SUGGESTED BY A PORTRAIT FROM THE PENCIL OF F. STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beguiled into forgetfulness of care
Last Line: My song's inspirer, once again farewell!
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Wilkie, Sir David (1785-1841)


LINES WRITTEN AS A SCHOOL EXERCISE    Poem Text    
First Line: And has the sun his flaming chariot driven
Last Line: "smiled like the morn, and vanished into air."


LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I heard a thousand blended notes
Last Line: What man has made of man?
Variant Title(s): What Man Has Made Of Man;written In Early Spring
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


LINES WRITTEN IN THE ALBUM OF THE COUNTESS OF LONSDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady! A pen (perhaps with thy regard
Last Line: For everlasting glory won by faith.


LINES WRITTEN ON A BLANK LEAF IN A COPY OF THE AUTHOR'S    Poem Text    
First Line: To public notice, with reluctance strong
Last Line: Which good men take with them from earth to heaven.


LO! WHERE SHE STANDS FIXED IN A SAINT-LIKE TRANCE    Poem Text    
Last Line: For health, and time in obvious duty spent
Subject(s): Women


LONDON, 1802 (1)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O friend! I know not which way I must look
Last Line: And pure religion breathing household laws.
Variant Title(s): Written In London, September, 1802;the Times That Are;in London, Setpember 1802;london, 1802
Subject(s): London; Milton, John (1608-1674); Social Protest


LONDON, 1802 (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour
Last Line: The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
Variant Title(s): Ideal;to Milton;london, 1802
Subject(s): Freedom; Milton, John (1608-1674); Liberty


LOOK NOW ON THAT ADVENTURER WHO HATH PAID    Poem Text    
Last Line: By violent and ignominious death


LOUISA    Poem Text    
First Line: I met louisa in the shade
Last Line: To hunt the waterfalls.
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


LOVE LIES BLEEDING    Poem Text    
First Line: You call it, 'love lies bleeding,' - so you may
Last Line: Bear.


LOWTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lowther! In thy majestic pile are seen
Last Line: Will say, ye disappeared with england's glory!


LUCY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I travelled among unknown men
Last Line: That lucy's eyes surveyed.
Variant Title(s): "i Travelled Among Unknown Men"";
Subject(s): Death; England; Travel; Dead, The; English; Journeys; Trips


LUCY (2)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Last Line: The difference to me!
Variant Title(s): "the Lost Love;when Lucy Ceased To Be;song;""she Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways"";
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Loss; Love; Mourning; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Bereavement


LUCY (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: Strange fits of passion have I known
Last Line: "if lucy should be dead!"
Variant Title(s): "if Lucy Should Be Dead;a Lover's Dark Fancy;""strange Fits Of Passion I Have Known"";
Subject(s): Love; Passion


LUCY (5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Three years she grew in sun and shower
Last Line: And never more will be.
Variant Title(s): The Education Of Nature;four Natural Women
Subject(s): Death - Children; Nature; Death - Babies


LUCY GRAY; OR, SOLITUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft I had heard of lucy gray
Last Line: That whistles in the wind.
Variant Title(s): Lucy Gray


LYRE! THOUGH SUCH POWER DO IN THY MAGIC LIVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: The liquid veil that seeks not to hide them


MALHAM COVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Was the aim frustrated by force or guile
Last Line: Than noblest objects utterly decayed.


MARK THE CONCENTRED HAZELS THAT ENCLOSE       
Last Line: To mimic time's forlorn humanities.
Subject(s): Nature; Stones


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear to the loves, and to the graces vowed
Last Line: Stilled by the ensanguined block of fotheringay!
Subject(s): Cumbria, England; Derwent (River) Great Britain; Mary, Queen Of Scots (1542-1587); Mary Stuart


MATERNAL GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: Departed child! I could forget thee once
Last Line: Immortal as the love that gave it being.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Mothers; Death - Babies


MATTHEW    Poem Text    
First Line: If nature, for a favorite child
Last Line: Are all that must remain of thee?
Variant Title(s): "if Nature, For A Favorite Child"";


MEMORIAL. NEAR THE OUTLET OF THE LAKE OF THUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Around a wild and woody hill
Last Line: Touched by his golden finger.
Subject(s): Thun (Lake), Switzerland


MEMORIALS OF A TOUR: IN LOMBARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: See, where his difficult way that old man wins
Last Line: To bliss unbounded, glory without end.
Subject(s): Lombardy, Italy


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: A pen - to register; a key
Last Line: To their own far-off murmurs listening.
Subject(s): Memory


MICHAEL; A PASTORAL POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: If from the public way you turn your steps
Last Line: Beside the boisterous brook of greenhead ghyll.
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses


MONUMENT TO MRS. HOWARD, BY NOLLEKENS    Poem Text    
First Line: Stretched on the dying mother's lap, lies dead
Last Line: And pain, hath powers to eternity endeared.
Subject(s): Death - Children; Mothers; Nollekens, Joseph (1737-1823); Sculpture & Sculptors; Death - Babies


MOUNT RIGHI    Poem Text    
First Line: Meek virgin mother, more benign
Last Line: Sufficient for the wise.
Variant Title(s): Our Lady Of The Snow
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


MUSINGS NEAR AQUAPENDENTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye apennines! With all your fertile vales
Last Line: Rise, and to-morrow greet magnificent rome.
Subject(s): Apennines (Mountains); Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


NEAR ANIO'S STREAM I SPIED A GENTLE DOVE       
Last Line: In what alone is ours, the living now
Subject(s): Hope; Doves


NEAR DOVER, SEPTEMBER 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: Inland, within a hollow vale, I stood
Last Line: Only, the nations shall be great and free.
Variant Title(s): English Channel;france And England;september, 1802
Subject(s): English Channel


NEAR ROME, IN SIGHT OF ST. PETER'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Long has the dew been dried on tree and lawn
Last Line: And yon resplendent church are proud to bear.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


NEAR THE LAKE OF THYRASYEME    Poem Text    
First Line: When here with carthage rome to conflict came
Last Line: That gave them being, vanish to a sound.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


NEAR THE SAME LAKE [THRASYMENE]    Poem Text    
First Line: For action born, existing to be tried
Last Line: This spot -- his shadowy death-cup in his hand.
Subject(s): Rome, Italy


NOVEMBER, 1806    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Another year! - another deadly blow / another mighty empire overthrown!
Last Line: And honour which they do not understand.
Subject(s): Freedom; War; Liberty


NOVEMBER, 1836    Poem Text    
First Line: Even so for me a vision sanctified
Last Line: Rejoice, as, through that power, it ceased to mourn.


NUN'S WELL, BRIGHAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The cattle crowding round this beverage clear
Last Line: "into the shedding of ""too soft a tear."


NUNNERY    Poem Text    
First Line: The floods are roused, and will not soon be weary
Last Line: Canal, and viaduct, and railway, tell!
Subject(s): Nuns


NUTTING    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems a day
Last Line: Touch -- for there is a spirit in the woods.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


O'ER THE WIDE EARTH, ON MOUNTAIN AND ON PLAIN       
Last Line: Of man converse with immortality?
Subject(s): Human Behavior


OCCASIONED BY THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO    Poem Text    
First Line: Intrepid sons of albion! Not by you
Last Line: Your country rears this sacred monument!
Subject(s): Waterloo; Battle Of Waterloo


OCCASIONED BY THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, FEBRUARY 1816    Poem Text    
First Line: The bard - whose soul is meek as dawning day
Last Line: Angels might welcome with a choral shout!
Subject(s): Waterloo; Battle Of Waterloo


OCTOBER, 1803 (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: One might believe that natural miseries
Last Line: Of liberty that yet remains on earth!


OCTOBER, 1803 (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: When, looking on the present face of things
Last Line: I tremble at the sorrow of the time.


OCTOBER, 1803 (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: These times strike monied worldlings with dismay
Last Line: To fear, to change, to cowardice, and death?


ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who rises on the banks of seine
Last Line: And by the power, of wrong.


ODE ON THE INSTALLATION OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT    Poem Text    
First Line: For thirst of power that heaven disowns
Last Line: The pride of the islands, victoria the queen.
Subject(s): Albert, King Of The Belgians (1875-1934); Cambridge University


ODE TO DUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Stern daughter of the voice of god
Last Line: And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live!
Variant Title(s): To Duty
Subject(s): Duty; Religion; Theology


ODE TO LYCORIS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: An age hath been when earth was proud
Last Line: Be hopeful spring the favourite of the soul!


ODE TO LYCORIS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough of climbing toil! - ambition treads
Last Line: Are the domains of tender memory!
Subject(s): Ambition


ODE, 1814    Poem Text    
First Line: When the soft hand of sleep had closed the latch
Last Line: By works of spirit high and passion pure!


ODE, 1815    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagination - ne'er before content
Last Line: Thy law, and live henceforth in peace, in pure good will.


ODE: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY FROM RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a time when meadow, grove and stream
Last Line: Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
Variant Title(s): Ode On Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood;immortality;intimations Of Immortality
Subject(s): Death; God; Immortality; Nature; Dead, The


ODE: THE MORNING OF THE DAY APPOINTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail, orient conqueror of gloomy night!
Last Line: Throne of grace!


OH WHAT A WRECK! HOW CHANGED IN MIEN AND SPEECH!       
Last Line: In them—in her our sins and sorrows past
Subject(s): Insanity


ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT HISTORY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: A roman master stands on grecian ground
Last Line: By all the blended powers of earth and heaven.
Subject(s): Corinth, Greece; Flaminius, Titus Quinctius (227-174 B.c.; Freedom; Greek Independence (196 B.c.); Liberty


ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT HISTORY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: When, far and wide, swift as the beams of morn
Last Line: "which, at jove's will, descends on pelion's top."
Subject(s): Corinth, Greece; Flaminius, Titus Quinctius (227-174 B.c.; Freedom; Greek Independence (196 B.c.); Liberty


ON A HIGH PART OF THE COAST OF CUMBERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun, that seemed so mildly to retire
Last Line: From finite cares, to rest absorbed in thee!
Variant Title(s): Evening Voluntaries: 2
Subject(s): Middle Age


ON A PORTRAIT OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON    Poem Text    
First Line: By art's bold privilege warrior and warhorse stand
Last Line: Conqueror, 'mid some sad thoughts, divinely blest!
Subject(s): Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786-1846); Waterloo; Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852); Battle Of Waterloo; Wellington, Duke Of


ON APPROACHING THE STAUB-BACH, LAUTERBRUNNEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Uttered by whom, or how inspired - designed
Last Line: This bold, this bright, this sky-born waterfall!
Subject(s): Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland; Waterfalls


ON BEING STRANDED NEAR THE HARBOUR OF BOULOGNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Why cast ye back upon the gallic shore
Last Line: Such ground I from my very heart enjoy!


ON ENTERING DOUGLAS BAY, ISLE OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The feudal keep, the bastions of cohorn
Last Line: And they are led by noble hillary.
Subject(s): Isle Of Man


ON HEARING THE RANZ DES VACHES ON THE TOP OF THE PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: I listen - but no faculty of mine
Last Line: And joys of distant home my heart enchain.
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Saint Gothard, Switzerland; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


ON REVISITING DUNOLLY CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The captive bird was gone - to cliff or moor
Last Line: That animate my way where'er it leads!
Subject(s): Birds; Castles; Eagles; Ireland; Irish


ON SEEING A NEEDLECASE IN THE FORM OF A HARP    Poem Text    
First Line: Frowns are on every muse's face
Last Line: "love 'stoops' as fondly as he soars."
Subject(s): Harps; Musical Instruments; Lyres


ON SEEING A TUFT OF SNOWDROPS IN A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: When haughty expectations prostrate lie
Last Line: Might overwhelm, but could not separate!


ON THE BANKS OF A ROCKY STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold an emblem of our human mind
Last Line: Fall on thy knees and sue for help divine.


ON THE DEATH OF HIS MAJESTY (GEORGE THE THIRD)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ward of the law! - dread shadow of a king!
Last Line: An unexampled voice of awful memory!
Subject(s): George Iii, King Of England (1738-1820)


ON THE DETRACTION WHICH FOLLOWED THE PUBLICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A book came forth of late, called peter bell
Last Line: In the just tribute of thy poet's pen!


ON THE EXTINCTION OF THE VENETIAN REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Once did she hold the gorgeous east in fee
Last Line: Of that which once was great, is passed away.
Variant Title(s): Venice
Subject(s): Freedom; Venice, Italy; Liberty


ON THE FINAL SUBMISSION OF THE TYROLESE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a moral end for which they fought
Last Line: For perfect triumph o'er your enemies.


ON THE FIRTH OF CLYDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Arran! A single-crested teneriffe
Last Line: And lofty springs give birth to lowly streams.


ON THE PROJECTED KENDAL AND WINDERMERE RAILWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Is then no nook of english ground secure
Last Line: And constant voice, protest against the wrong.
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


ON THE SIGHT OF A MANSE IN THE SOUTH OF SCOTLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Say, ye far-traveled clouds, far-seeing hills
Last Line: Nor covets lineal rights in lands and towers.


ONCE I COULD HAIL (HOWE'ER SERENE THE SKY)       
Last Line: Where joys are perfect—neither wax nor wane
Subject(s): Moon


OXFORD (MAY 30, 1820)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye sacred nurseries of blooming youth!
Last Line: An eager novice robed in fluttering gown!
Subject(s): Oxford University


OXFORD (MAY 30, 1820) (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Shame on this faithless heart! That could allow
Last Line: Of these illusions, or they please no more.
Subject(s): Oxford University


PELION AND OSSA FLOURISH SIDE BY SIDE       
Last Line: And pours forth streams more sweet than castaly
Subject(s): Mountains


PERFECT WOMAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: She was a phantom of delight
Last Line: With something of angelic light.
Variant Title(s): "a Portrait;seen, Loved, Wedded;""she Was A Phantom Of Delight"";
Subject(s): Death; Hutchinson, Mary; Love; Marriage; Women; Dead, The; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


PERSONAL TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not one who much or often delight
Last Line: Then gladly would I end my mortal days.
Variant Title(s): "i Am Not One Who Much Or Oft Delight"";


PETER BELL; A TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's something in a flying horse
Last Line: Became a good and honest man.


PHILOCTETES    Poem Text    
First Line: When philoctetes, in the lemnian isle
Last Line: Though man for brother man has ceased to feel.


PICTURE OF DANIEL IN THE LION'S DEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Amid a fertile region green with wood
Last Line: Man placed him here, and god, he knows, can save.
Subject(s): Scotland


PLEA FOR THE HISTORIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Forbear to deem the chronicler unwise
Last Line: Should animate, but not mislead, the pen.
Subject(s): History; Historians


POOR ROBIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now when the primrose makes a splendid show
Last Line: How just, how bountiful, the hand of heaven.


PRESENTIMENTS! THEY JUDGE NOT RIGHT       


PROCESSIONS. SUGGESTED ON A SABBATH MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: To appease the gods; or public thanks to yield
Last Line: Avoid these sights; nor brood o'er fable's dark abyss!


PROTEST AGAINST THE BALLOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Forth rushed from envy sprung and self-conceit
Last Line: Pierced by thy spear in glorious victory.
Subject(s): Elections; Voting; Voters; Suffrage


PROUD WERE YE, MOUNTAINS, WHEN, IN TIMES OF OLD    Poem Text    
Last Line: To share the passion of a just disdain
Subject(s): Greed; Nature; Railroads


PURE ELEMENT OF WATERS! WHERESOE'ER    Poem Text    
Last Line: Their anguish,—and they blend sweet songs with thine
Subject(s): Springs; Water; Caves


RECOLLECTION OF THE PORTRAIT OF KING HENRY VIII    Poem Text    
First Line: The imperial stature, the colossal stride
Last Line: Which neither force shall check nor time abate!
Subject(s): Cambridge University; Henry Viii, King Of England (1491-1547)


REMEMBRANCE OF COLLINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Glide gently, thus for ever glide
Last Line: By virtue's holiest powers attended.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RESOLUTION AND INDEPENDENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a roaring in the wind all night
Last Line: "I'll think of the leech-gatherer on the lonely moor!"
Variant Title(s): The Leech-gatherer
Subject(s): Independence; Wisdom


REST AND BE THANKFUL!' AT THE HEAD OF GLENCROE    Poem Text    
First Line: Doubling and doubling with laborious walk
Last Line: Win rest, and ease, and peace, with bliss that angels share
Subject(s): Rest; Peace


RETIREMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: If the whole weight of what we think and feel
Last Line: To gentle natures, thanks not heaven amiss.


ROB ROY'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A famous man is robin hood
Last Line: At sound of rob roy's name.
Subject(s): Macgregor, Robert (Rob Roy) (1671-1734)


ROMAN ANTIQUITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: How profitless the relics that we cull
Last Line: Urns without ashes, tearless lacrymals!
Subject(s): Ruins


ROMAN ANTIQUITIES DISCOVERED AT BISHOPSTONE, HEREFORDSHIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: While poring antiquarians search the ground
Last Line: The casual treasure from the furrowed soil.
Subject(s): Antiquities; Ruins


RURAL ARCHITECTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's george fisher, charles fleming, and reginald shore
Last Line: And I'll build up giant with you.


RURAL ILLUSIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sylph was it? Or a bird more bright
Last Line: Whom oftenest she beguiles.


RUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: When ruth was left half desolate
Last Line: A christian psalm for thee.
Variant Title(s): Ruth: Or The Influences Of Nature


SAID SECRECY TO COWARDICE AND FRAUD    Poem Text    
Last Line: Hurrah for—, hugging his ballot-box!
Subject(s): Secrets


SCENE ON THE LAKE OF BRIENTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: What know we of the blest above ...'
Last Line: The melodies of peace in love!
Subject(s): Brientz (Lake), Switzerland


SCHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Brave schill, by death delivered, take thy flight
Last Line: In whose pure sight all virtue doth succeed.


SEPTEMBER 1, 1802    Poem Text    
First Line: We had a female passenger who came
Last Line: And feel, thou earth, for this afflicted race!
Subject(s): Blacks; Racism


SEPTEMBER, 1815    Poem Text    
First Line: While not a leaf seems faded; while the fields
Last Line: And nobler cares than listless summer knew.


SEPTEMBER, 1819 (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Departing summer hath assumed
Last Line: Can haughty time be just!
Variant Title(s): The Poet Growing Old
Subject(s): Summer; Time


SEPTEMBER, 1819 (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The sylvan slopes with corn-clad fields
Last Line: These choristers confide.
Variant Title(s): Autumn
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


SEQUEL TO THE 'BEGGARS'    Poem Text    
First Line: Where are they now, those wanton boys?
Last Line: For mercy and immortal bloom!


SIEGE OF VIENNA RAISED BY JOHN SOBIESKI    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, for a kindling touch from that pure flame
Last Line: He conquering through god, and god by him.'


SIMON LEE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the sweet shire of cardigan
Last Line: Hath oftener left me mourning.
Variant Title(s): Simon Lee The Old Huntsman


SIMPLON PASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ambition, following down this far-famed slope
Last Line: What groans! What shrieks! What quietness in death!
Subject(s): Simplon (Mountain), Switzerland; Soldiers


SIR WALTER SCOTT'S FAREWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: A trouble, not of clouds, or weeping rain
Last Line: Wafting your charge to soft parthenope!
Variant Title(s): On Departure Of Sir Walter Scott From Abbotsford, For Naples
Subject(s): Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832)


SIX MONTHS TO SIX YEARS ADDED HE REMAINED       


SKY-PROSPECT - FROM THE PLAIN OF FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo! In the burning west, the craggy nape
Last Line: From all the fuming vanities of earth!


SOFT AS A CLOUD IS YON BLUE RIDGE - THE MERE    Poem Text    
Last Line: The elastic vanities of yesterday?
Subject(s): Vanity


SONG AT THE FEAST OF BROUGHAM CASTLE; UPON RSTORATION OF LORD CLIFFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: High in the breathless hall the minstrel sate
Last Line: "the good lord clifford"" was the name he bore."
Subject(s): Clifford, Henry. 10th Baron (1454-1523)


SONG FOR THE SPINNING WHEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Swiftly turn the murmuring wheel!
Last Line: Sleeping on the mountain's breast.


SONG FOR THE WANDERING JEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Though the torrents from their fountains
Last Line: Of the wanderer in my soul.
Subject(s): Wandering Jew


SONNET       
First Line: Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room
Subject(s): Love


SONNET (THE THRONE OF DEATH)    Poem Text    
First Line: Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne
Last Line: A lovely beauty in a summer grave!


SONNET ON CATHERINE WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Surprised by joy - impatient as the wind
Last Line: Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.
Variant Title(s): "desideria;transient Joy;""surprised By Joy-impatient As The Wind"";
Subject(s): Death - Children; Mourning; Wordsworth, Catherine (1808-1812); Death - Babies; Bereavement


SONNET TO AN OCTOGENARIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Affections lose their object; time brings forth
Last Line: Where love for living thing can find a place.


SONNET TO LADY FITZGERALD, IN HER SEVENTIETH YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Such age how beautiful! O lady bright
Last Line: As pensive evening deepens into night.
Subject(s): Beauty; Old Age; Women


SONNET. ON SEEING MISS HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS WEEP AT A TALE OF DISTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: She wept. - life's purple tide began to flow
Last Line: To cheer the wand'ring wretch with hospitable light.


SONNET: AIREY FORCE VALLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not a breath of air
Last Line: To stay the wanderer's steps and soothe his thoughts.
Variant Title(s): Airey-force Valley


SONNET: AUTHOR'S VOYAGE DOWN THE RHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The confidence of youth our only art
Last Line: Features which else had vanished like a dream.
Subject(s): Rhine (River), Europe


SONNET: HIGHLAND HUT    Poem Text    
First Line: See what gay wild flowers deck this earth-built cot
Last Line: Belike less happy. -- stand no more aloof!
Subject(s): Houses


SONNET: TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: A flock of sheep that leisurely pass on
Last Line: Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health!
Variant Title(s): Sleeplessness
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 1. LANCASTER CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: This spot - at once unfolding sight so fair
Last Line: Shed on their chains; and hence that doleful name.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: Our bodily life, some plead, that life the shrine
Last Line: Infinite power, perfect intelligence.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, think how one compelled for life to abide
Last Line: And wafts at will the contrite soul to bliss.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: See the condemned alone within his cell
Last Line: On old temptations, might for ever blast.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 13. CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, though he well may tremble at the sound
Last Line: Oh, speed the blessed hour, almighty god!


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 14. APOLOGY    Poem Text    
First Line: The formal world relaxes her cold chain
Last Line: Cheered with the prospect of a brighter day.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Tenderly do we feel by nature's law
Last Line: And all who from the law firm safety crave.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: The roman consul doomed his sons to die
Last Line: Broken with all mankind, solicit death.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Is death, when evil against good has fought
Last Line: In the weak love of life his least command.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Not to the object specially designed
Last Line: The last alternative of life or death.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye brood of conscience - spectres! That frequent
Last Line: Survive not judgment that requires his own?


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the world had past her time of youth
Last Line: Making of social order a mere dream.


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 8    Poem Text    
First Line: Fit retribution, by the moral code
Last Line: "and the ""wild justice of revenge"" prevail."


SONNETS UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Though to give timely warning and deter
Last Line: And fortify the moral sense of all.


SPANISH GUERILLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: They seek, are sought; to daily battle led
Last Line: In some green island of the western main.
Subject(s): Spain


ST. CATHERINE OF LEDBURY    Poem Text    
First Line: When human touch (as monkish books attest)
Last Line: Till she exchanged for heaven that happy ground.


STANZAS SUGGESTED IN A STEAMBOAT OFF ST. BEES' HEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: If life were slumber on a bed of down
Last Line: That furthered the first teaching of st. Bees.
Subject(s): St. Bees' Head, England


STANZAS WRITTEN IN MY POCKET-COPY OF THOMSON'S    Poem Text    
First Line: Within our happy castle there dwelt one
Last Line: As pleased as if the same had been a maiden-queen.


STAR-GAZERS    Poem Text    
First Line: What crowd is this? What have we here!
Last Line: That doth not slackly go away, as if dissatisfied.


STEAMBOATS, VIADUCTS, AND RAILWAYS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Motions and means, on land and sea at war
Last Line: Of hope, and smiles on you with cheer sublime.
Subject(s): Progress


STEPPING WESTWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: What you are stepping westward?' -- 'yea.'
Last Line: Before me in my endless way.


STRAY PLEASURES    Poem Text    
First Line: By their floating mill
Last Line: They are happy, for that is their right!


SUGGESTED AT NOON ON LOUGHRIGG FELL    Poem Text    
First Line: So fair, so sweet, withal so sensitive
Last Line: Whatever boon is granted or withheld.


SUGGESTED AT TYNDRUM IN A STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough of garlands, of the arcadian crook
Last Line: On earth, who works in the heaven of heavens, alone.


SUGGESTED BY A PICTURE OF THE BIRD OF PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: The gentlest poet, with free thoughts endowed
Last Line: That in the living creature find on earth a place.


SUGGESTED BY A VIEW FROM AN EMINENCE IN INGLEWOOD FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: The forest huge of ancient caledon
Last Line: Of power that perishes, and rights that fade.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


SUGGESTED BY THE MONUMENT OF MRS. HOWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: Tranquility! The sovereign aim wert thou
Last Line: Each in its orbit round the central sun.
Subject(s): Nollekens, Joseph (1737-1823)


THE AFFLICTION OF MARGARET    Poem Text    
First Line: Where art thou, my beloved son
Last Line: I have no other earthly friend!
Variant Title(s): A Mother's Lament
Subject(s): Mothers


THE ALFOXDEN NOTEBOOK (1): 1    Poem Text    
First Line: There he would stand
Last Line: And seemed to sink into his very heart.


THE ALFOXDEN NOTEBOOK (1): 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Why is it we feel / so little for each other
Last Line: There is a mind.


THE ALFOXDEN NOTEBOOK (1): 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Of unknown modes of being which on earth
Last Line: Did ebb and flow with a strange mystery.


THE ARMENIAN LADY'S LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have heard a spanish lady
Last Line: And the vain rank the pilgrims bore while yet on earth.


THE AVON    Poem Text    
First Line: Avon - a precious, an immortal name!
Last Line: Shrink from 'thy' name, pure rill, with unpleased ears.
Subject(s): Avon (River), England; Rivers


THE BIRTH OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When love was born of heavenly line
Last Line: But soon upon her breast he sunk -- to wake no more.


THE BLACK STONES OF IONA    Poem Text    
First Line: Here on their knees men swore: the stones were black
Last Line: Come links for social order's awful chain.


THE BLIND HIGHLAND BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now we are tired of boisterous joy
Last Line: And how he was preserved.
Subject(s): Blindness; Visually Handicapped


THE BORDERERS; A TRAGEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: The troop will be impatient; let us hie
Last Line: In heaven, and mercy gives me leave to die.
Subject(s): Gothic Drama; Revolutions


THE BROOK    Poem Text    
First Line: Brook! Whose society the poet seeks
Last Line: Unwearied joy, and life without its cares.


THE BROTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: These tourists, heaven preserve us! Needs must live
Last Line: A seaman, a grey-headed mariner.


THE BROWNIE    Poem Text    
First Line: How disappeared he?' ask the newt and toad
Last Line: Drove from itself, we trust, all frightful gloom.


THE BROWNIE'S CELL    Poem Text    
First Line: To barren heath, bleak moor, and quaking fen
Last Line: A foil to his celestial cheek!
Subject(s): Loch Lomond, Scotland; Solitude; Loneliness


THE CHURCH OF SAN SALVADOR, SEEN FROM THE LAKE OF LUGANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou sacred pile! Whose turrets rise
Last Line: Of fatal austrian spears.
Subject(s): Alps; Churches; Lugano (Lake), Switzerland; Mountains; Tell, William; Winkelried, Arnold Von (D. 1386); Cathedrals; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE COMPLAINT OF A FORSAKEN INDIAN WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Before I see another day
Last Line: Nor shall I see another day.


THE CONTRAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Within her gilded cage confined
Last Line: Or nature's darkling of this mossy shed?
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Parrots; Wrens


THE CONVICT    Poem Text    
First Line: The glory of evening was spread through the west
Last Line: "would plant thee where yet thou might'st blossom again."
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners


THE CRESCENT MOON, THE STAR OF LOVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Which is the attendant page and which the queen?
Subject(s): Evening


THE CUCKOO AT LAVERNA    Poem Text    
First Line: List - 'twas the cuckoo. - o with what delight
Last Line: And folds thy pinions up in blest repose.
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos; Italy; Italians


THE CUCKOO-CLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Wouldst thou be taught, when sleep has taken flight
Last Line: And those that seek his help, and for his mercy sigh.
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


THE DANISH BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Between two sister moorland rills
Last Line: Like a dead boy he is serene.


THE DUNOLLY EAGLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not to the clouds, not to the cliff, he flew
Last Line: That clings to slavery for its own sad sake.
Subject(s): Birds; Castles; Eagles; Ireland; Irish


THE EAGLE AND THE DOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Shade of caractacus, if spirits love
Last Line: From heaven, gigantic force to beardless boys.
Subject(s): Birds; Doves; Eagles


THE EARL OF BREADALBANE'S RUINED MANSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Well sang the bard who called the grave, in strains
Last Line: Concord that elevates the mind, and stills.


THE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: High on her speculative tower
Last Line: And all-controlling power.
Subject(s): Eclipses


THE EGYPTIAN MAID, OR THE ROMANCE OF THE WATER LILY    Poem Text    
First Line: While merlin paced the cornish sands
Last Line: To bowers of endless love!


THE EMIGRANT MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Once in a lonely hamlet I sojourned
Last Line: "I'll tell him many tales of thee."


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 1. THE WANDERER    Poem Text    
First Line: Twas summer, and the sun had mounted high
Last Line: A village-inn, -- our evening resting-place.
Variant Title(s): Margaret;the Ruined Cottage


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 2. THE SOLITARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In days of yore how fortunately fared
Last Line: Rose, though reluctantly, and forth we went.


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 3. DESPONDENCY    Poem Text    
First Line: A humming bee - a little tinkling rill
Last Line: "the unfathomable gulf, where all is still!"


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 4. DESPONDENCY CORRECTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Here closed the tenant of that lonely vale
Last Line: Inviting sleep and soft forgetfulness.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 5. THE PASTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, deep valley, with thy one rude house ...'
Last Line: "through shades and silent rest, to endless joy."


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 6. THE CHURCHYARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail to the crown by freedom shaped - to gird
Last Line: "and how, her spirit yet survives on earth!"


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 7. THE CHURCHYARD AMONG THE MOUNTAINS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: While thus from theme to theme the historian passed
Last Line: "in god; and reverence for the dust of man."


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 8. THE PARSONAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The pensive sceptic of the lonely vale
Last Line: Mildly, and with a clear and steady tone.


THE EXCURSION: BOOK 9. DISCOURSE OF THE WANDERER    Poem Text    
First Line: To every form of being is assigned ...'
Last Line: My future labours may not leave untold.


THE EXCURSION; TO THE RIGHT HON. WILLIAM, EARL OF LONSDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft, through thy fair domains, illustrious peer!
Last Line: The offering, though imperfect, premature.


THE FAIREST, BRIGHTEST, HUES OF ETHER FADE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of harmony, above all earthly care
Subject(s): Peace; Mountains


THE FALL OF THE AAR    Poem Text    
First Line: From the fierce aspect of this river
Last Line: These humbler adorations will receive.
Subject(s): Alps; Handeck (Falls), Switzerland; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE FARMER OF TILSBURY VALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis not for the unfeeling, the falsely refined
Last Line: Will hear the wind sigh through the leaves of a tree.


THE FORCE OF PRAYER; OR, THE FOUNDING OF BOLTON PRIORY    Poem Text    
First Line: What is good for a bootless bene?
Last Line: Of him to be our friend!
Variant Title(s): The Boy Of Egremond
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE FOREGOING SUBJECT RESUMED [LINES SUGGESTED BY PORTRAIT]    Poem Text    
First Line: Among a grave fraternity of monks
Last Line: On earth, will be revived, we trust, in heaven.


THE FORESAKEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The peace which others seek they find
Last Line: I think that he will come again.


THE FOUNTAIN; A CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We talked with open heart, and tongue / affectionate and true
Last Line: And the bewildered chimes.


THE FRENCH AND SPANISH GUERRILLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hunger, and sultry heat, and nipping blast
Last Line: And hang like dreams around his guilty bed.
Subject(s): Soldiers


THE FRENCH ARMY IN RUSSIA (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Humanity, delighting to behold
Last Line: A soundless waste, a trackless vacancy!
Subject(s): Army - France; Russia; Russia - Napoleonic War; Soviet Union; Russians


THE FRENCH ARMY IN RUSSIA (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye storms, resound the praises of your king!
Last Line: That host, which rendered all your bounties vain!


THE GERMANS ON THE HEIGHTS OF HOCHHEIM    Poem Text    
First Line: Abruptly paused the strife; - the field throughout
Last Line: The unconquerable stream his course pursue.


THE GLEANER    Poem Text    
First Line: That happy gleam of vernal eyes
Last Line: That asks for daily bread.
Variant Title(s): The Country Girl
Subject(s): Engraving And Engravers; Holmes, James (1777-1860)


THE GLOW-WORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Among all lovely things my love had been
Last Line: Oh! Joy it was for her, and joy for me!
Variant Title(s): "among All Lovely Things My Love Had Been"";
Subject(s): Love


THE GREEN LINNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed
Last Line: While fluttering in the bushes.


THE HAPPY WARRIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is the happy warrior? Who is he
Last Line: That every man in arms should wish to be.
Variant Title(s): Character Of The Happy Warrior
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Soldiers; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE HAUNTED TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Those silver clouds round the sun
Last Line: That, for a brief space, checks the hurrying stream!


THE HIGHLAND BROACH    Poem Text    
First Line: If to tradition faith be due
Last Line: May render back the highland broach.


THE HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: Farewell, thou little nook of mountain-ground
Last Line: Into thy bosom we again shall creep.
Variant Title(s): "a Farewell;""farewell, Thou Little Nook Of Mountain Ground"";


THE HORN OF EGREMONT CASTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ere the brothers through the gateway
Last Line: Sounded the horn which they alone could sound.
Subject(s): Crusades


THE IDIOT BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis eight o'clock -- a clear march night
Last Line: And that was all his travel's story,


THE IDLE SHEPHERD-BOYS    Poem Text    
First Line: The valley rings with mirth and joy
Last Line: And bade them better mind their trade.


THE INFANT M- M-.    Poem Text    
First Line: Unquiet childhood here by special grace
Last Line: Beneath some shady palm of galilee.


THE INNER VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Most sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
Last Line: Of inspiration on the humblest lay.
Subject(s): Love; Thought; Thinking


THE INSPIRATION OF QUIET    Poem Text    
First Line: Not love, not war, nor the tumultuous swell
Last Line: The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
Variant Title(s): Placid Objects Of Contemplation


THE ITALIAN ITINERANT, AND THE SWISS GOATHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that the farewell tear is dried
Last Line: Grant to the morn of life its natural blessedness!


THE KING OF SWEDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The voice of song from distant lands shall call
Last Line: The heroes bless him, him their rightful son.


THE KITTEN AND THE FALLING LEAVES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That way look, my infant, lo
Last Line: To gambol with life's falling leaf.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE KITTEN AT PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: See the kitten on the wall
Last Line: What would little tabby care?
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


THE LABORER'S NOONDAY HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Up to the throne of god is borne
Last Line: When we shall sink to final rest.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE LAST OF THE FLOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: In distant countries have I been
Last Line: "it is the last of all my flock."


THE LAST SUPPER, BY LEONARDO DA VINCI    Poem Text    
First Line: Though searching damps and many an envious flaw
Last Line: A labour worthy of eternal youth!
Subject(s): Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519); Paintings And Painters


THE LEAVES THAT RUSTLED ON THIS OAK-CROWNED HILL    Poem Text    
Last Line: The elements have heard, and rock and cave replied
Subject(s): Owls


THE LONGEST DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Let us quit the leafy arbour
Last Line: Lord of heaven's unchanging year!


THE MARTIAL COURAGE OF A DAY IS VAIN    Poem Text    
Last Line: To think that such assurance can stand fast!
Subject(s): Napoleonic Wars; Courage


THE MASSY WAYS, CARRIED ACROSS THESE HEIGHTS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of those pure minds that reverence the muse
Subject(s): Ruins; Time; Roads; History & Historians


THE MATRON OF JEDBOROUGH AND HER HUSBAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Age! Twine thy brows with fresh spring flowers
Last Line: And cheers thy melancholy mate!


THE MONUMENT COMMONLY CALLED LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: A weight of awe, not easy to be borne
Last Line: The inviolable god, that tames the proud!


THE MORNING EXCERCISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fancy, who leads the pastimes of the glad
Last Line: Wert thou among them, singing as they shine!


THE MOST ALLURING CLOUDS THAT MOUNT THE SKY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Clouds


THE MOTHERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: When I have borne in memory what has tamed
Last Line: Felt for thee as a lover or a child!
Subject(s): Courage; Freedom; Valor; Bravery; Liberty


THE MOUNTAIN ECHO    Poem Text    
First Line: Yes, it was the mountain echo
Last Line: For of god, -- of god they are.
Subject(s): Echoes


THE MUSIC OF THE SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard (alas! 'twas only in a dream)
Last Line: She soared -- and I awoke, struggling in vain to follow.
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


THE NIGHTINGALE [AND THE STOCK-DOVE]    Poem Text    
First Line: O nightingale! Thou surely art
Last Line: That was the song -- the song for me!
Variant Title(s): "o Nightingale! Thou Surely Art"";
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales


THE NORMAN BOY    Poem Text    
First Line: High on a broad unfertile tract of forest-skirted down
Last Line: The cross, fixed in his soul, may prove an all-sufficing stay.


THE OAK AND THE BROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: His simple truths did andrew glean
Last Line: "to live for many a day."


THE OAK OF GUERNICA    Poem Text    
First Line: Oak of guernica! Tree of holier power
Last Line: Guardians of biscay's ancient liberty.


THE OLD CUMBERLAND BEGGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw an aged beggar in my walk
Last Line: So in the eye of nature let him die!
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars


THE PASS OF KIRKSTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Within the mind strong fancies work
Last Line: "thy lot, o man, is good, thy portion, fair!"
Variant Title(s): Ode. The Pass Of Kirkstone


THE PET LAMB    Poem Text    
First Line: The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink
Last Line: "that I almost received her heart into my own."
Subject(s): Lambs


THE PILGRIM'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: A pilgrim, when the summer day
Last Line: Beneath the shady tree.


THE PILLAR OF TRAJAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Where towers are crushed, and unforbidden weeds
Last Line: Becomes with all her years a vision of the mind.
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


THE PINE OF MONTE MARIO AT ROME    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw far off the dark top of a pine
Last Line: Crowned with st. Peter's everlasting dome.
Subject(s): Pine Trees; Rome, Italy; Trees


THE POET    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou indeed derive thy light from heaven
Last Line: Shine, poet! In thy place, and be content.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE POET AND THE CAGED TURTLEDOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: As often as I murmur here
Last Line: I feel, but to inspire.
Subject(s): Turtledoves


THE POET'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as those final words were penned
Last Line: Feed.


THE POWER OF MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: An orpheus! An orpheus! Yes, faith may grow bold
Last Line: Nor what ye are flying, nor what ye pursue!
Variant Title(s): Oxford Street
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


THE POWER OF SOUND    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy functions are ethereal
Last Line: Is in the word, that shall not pass away.
Subject(s): Sound


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 1. CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh there is blessing in this gentle breeze
Last Line: This labour will be welcome, honoured friend!
Subject(s): Children; Play; Schools; Childhood; Students


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 11. FRANCE (CONCLUDED)    Poem Text    
First Line: From that time forth, authority in france
Last Line: And not a captive pining for his home.
Variant Title(s): Hope In The French Revolution


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 12. IMAGINATION AND TASTE, HOW IMPAIRED AND RESTORED    Poem Text    
First Line: Long time have human ignorance and guilt
Last Line: Or animate an hour of vacant ease.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 13. IMAGINATION AND TASTE (CONCLUDED)    Poem Text    
First Line: From nature doth emotion come, and moods / of calmness equally are nature's gift
Last Line: Both of the objects seen, and eye that sees.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 14. CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: In one of those excursions (may they never / fade from remembrance!)
Last Line: Of quality and fabric more divine.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 1O. RESIDENCE IN FRANCE (CONTINUED)    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a beautiful and silent day
Last Line: We beat with thundering hoofs the level sand.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 2. SCHOOL-TIME (CONTINUED)    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus far, o friend! Have we, though leaving much / unvisited
Last Line: Be many, and a blessing to mankind.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 3. RESIDENCE AT CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a dreary morning when the wheels / rolled over a wide plain
Last Line: Came and returned me to my native hills.
Subject(s): Cambridge, England


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 4. SUMMER VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright was the summer's noon when quickening steps
Last Line: Then sought with quiet heart my distant home.
Subject(s): Summer; Vacation


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 5. BOOKS    Poem Text    
First Line: When contemplation, like the night-calm felt
Last Line: In flashes, and with glory not their own.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 6. CAMBRIDGE AND THE ALPS    Poem Text    
First Line: The leaves were fading when to esthwaite's banks
Last Line: Spread round my steps like sunshine o'er green fields.
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 7. RESIDENCE IN LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Six changeful years have vanished since I first
Last Line: Composure, and ennobling harmony.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 8. RETROSPECT - LOVE OF NATURE LEADING TO LOVE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: What sounds are those, helvellyn, that are heard
Last Line: With that in which 'her' mighty objects lay.


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 9. RESIDENCE IN FRANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Even as a river, partly (it might seem)
Last Line: His days he wasted, -- an imbecile mind.


THE PRIMROSE OF THE ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: A rock there is whose homely front
Last Line: A court for deity.
Subject(s): Primroses


THE RAINBOW [IN THE SKY]    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My heart leaps up when I behold
Last Line: Bound each to each by natural piety.
Variant Title(s): "my Heart Leaps Up When I Behold"";my Heart Leaps Up;
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Nature; Rainbows; Religion; Work; Workers; Theology


THE REDBREAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Driven in by autumn's sharpening air
Last Line: On human nature's second infancy.


THE REDBREAST CHASING [OR, AND] THE BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Art thou the bird whom man loves best
Last Line: Love him, or leave him alone!
Subject(s): Robins


THE REPENTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The fields which with covetous spirit we sold
Last Line: Save six feet of earth where our forefathers lie!


THE REVERIE OF POOR SUSAN    Poem Text    
First Line: At the corner of wood street, when daylight appears
Last Line: And the colours have all passed away from her eyes!
Variant Title(s): Poor Susan's Dream;the Vision Of Home


THE RIVER DUDDON: DEDICATION TO THE REV. DR. WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The minstrels played their christmas tune
Last Line: But fill the hollow vale with joy!
Variant Title(s): The Christmas Carol Of The Bees


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Not envying latian shades - if yet they throw
Last Line: For duddon, long-loved duddon, is my theme!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 10. THE STEPPING STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: Not so that pair whose youthful spirits dance
Last Line: The struggle, clap their wings for victory!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 11. THE FAIRY CHASM    Poem Text    
First Line: No fiction was it of the antique age
Last Line: O'er twilight fields the autumnal gossamer?


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 12. HINTS FOR THE FANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: On, loitering muse - the swift stream chides us - on!
Last Line: And, if thou canst, leave them without regret!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 13. OPEN PROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail to the fields - with dwellings sprinkled o'er
Last Line: At all the merry pranks of donnerdale!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 14    Poem Text    
First Line: O mountain stream! The shepherd and his cot
Last Line: The clouds and fowls of the air thy way pursue!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 15    Poem Text    
First Line: From this deep chasm, where quivering sunbeams play
Last Line: Then, when o'er highest hills the deluge passed?


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 16. AMERICAN TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: Such fruitless questions may not long beguile
Last Line: Whate'er they sought, shunned, loved, or deified!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 17. RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: A dark plume fetch me from yon blasted yew
Last Line: Deep into patient earth, from whose smooth breast it came!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 18. SEAWAITE CHAPEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sacred religion! 'mother of form and fear'
Last Line: And tender goldsmith crowned with deathless praise!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 19. TRIBUTARY STREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: My frame hath often trembled with delight
Last Line: Dewy and fresh, till showers again shall fall.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Child of the clouds! Remote from every taint
Last Line: Was pierced by whizzing shaft of hunter keen!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 20. THE PLAIN OF DONNERDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: The old inventive poets, had they seen
Last Line: Tossing her frantic thyrsus wide and high!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 21    Poem Text    
First Line: Whence that low voice? - a whisper from the heart
Last Line: Aught of the fading year's inclemency!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 22. TRADITION    Poem Text    
First Line: A love-lorn maid, at some far-distant time
Last Line: Untouched memento of her hapless doom!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 23. SHEEP-WASHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sad thoughts, avaunt! - partake we their blithe cheer
Last Line: Frank are the sports, the stains are fugitive.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 24. THE RESTING PLACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mid-noon is past; - upon the sultry mead
Last Line: Loose idless to forego her wily mask.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Methinks 'twere no unprecedented feat
Last Line: Their vocal charm; their sparklings cease to please.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 26    Poem Text    
First Line: Return, content! For fondly I pursued
Last Line: Impetuous thoughts that brook not servile reins.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 27    Poem Text    
First Line: Fallen, and diffused into a shapeless heap
Last Line: All worse assaults may safely be defied.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 28. JOURNEY RENEWED    Poem Text    
First Line: I rose while yet the cattle, heat-opprest
Last Line: I thanked the leader of my onward way.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 29    Poem Text    
First Line: No record tells of lance opposed to lance
Last Line: And glad acknowledgment, of lawful sway.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 3    Poem Text    
First Line: How shall I paint thee? Be this naked stone
Last Line: Prompt offering to thy foster-mother, earth!
Variant Title(s): "how Shall I Paint Thee?-be This Naked Stone"";


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 30    Poem Text    
First Line: Who swerves from innocence, who makes divorce
Last Line: That we, who part in love, shall meet again.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 31    Poem Text    
First Line: The kirk of ulpha to the pilgrim's eye
Last Line: Soothed by the unseen river's gentle roar.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 32    Poem Text    
First Line: Not hurled precipitous from steep to steep
Last Line: With commerce freighted, or triumphant war.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 33. CONCLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: But here no cannon thunders to the gale
Last Line: And soul, to mingle with eternity!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 34. AFTER-THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of thee, my partner and my guide
Last Line: We feel that we are greater than we know.
Variant Title(s): To The River Duddon;the River Duddon. Conclusion;valediction To The River Duddon
Subject(s): Duddon (River), England


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Take, cradled nursling of the mountain, take
Last Line: Seeking less bold achievement, where he will!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Sole listener, duddon! To the breeze that played
Last Line: On infant bosoms lonely nature lies.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 6. FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Ere yet our course was graced with social trees
Last Line: All kinds alike seemed favourites of heaven.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Change me, some god, into that breathing rose!'
Last Line: That tunes on duddon's banks her slender voice.


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 8    Poem Text    
First Line: What aspect bore the man who roved or fled
Last Line: To soothe and cleanse, not madden and pollute!


THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 9. THE STEPPING STONES    Poem Text    
First Line: The struggling rill insensibly is grown
Last Line: Thinking how fast time runs, life's end how near!


THE RIVER EDEN, CUMBERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Eden! Till now thy beauty had I viewed
Last Line: Not sought, because too near, is never gained.
Subject(s): Eden (River), Great Britain


THE RUSSIAN FUGITIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Enough of rose-bud lips, and eyes
Last Line: To them and nature paid!


THE SAILOR'S MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: One morning (raw it was and wet)
Last Line: "I bear it with me, sir; -- he took so much delight in it."


THE SEVEN SISTERS; OR, THE SOLITUDE OF BINNORIE    Poem Text    
First Line: Seven daughters had lord archibald
Last Line: The solitude of binnorie.


THE SHEPHERD, LOOKING EASTWARD, SOFTLY SAID    Poem Text    
Last Line: With one calm triumph of a modest pride
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Moon


THE SHIPS    Poem Text    
First Line: With ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh
Last Line: On went she, and due north her journey took.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE SMALL CELANDINE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a flower, the lesser celandine
Last Line: Age might but take the things youth needed not!
Variant Title(s): A Lesson;the Celandine
Subject(s): Celandine; Plants; Planting; Planters


THE SOLITARY REAPER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Behold her, single in the field
Last Line: Long after it was heard no more.
Variant Title(s): The Reaper
Subject(s): Girls; Harvest; Singing & Singers; Songs


THE SOMNAMBULIST    Poem Text    
First Line: List, ye who pass by lyulph's tower
Last Line: Shalt take thy place with yarrow!


THE SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Scorn not the sonnet; critic, you have frowned
Last Line: Soul-animating strains, -- alas! Too few.
Variant Title(s): "scorn Not The Sonnet; Critic, You Have Frowned"";
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674); Poetry & Poets; Sonnet (As Literary Form)


THE SOURCE OF THE DANUBE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not, like his great compeers, indignantly
Last Line: To fix in heaven her shape distinct with stars.
Subject(s): Danube (River)


THE SPARROW'S NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold, within the leafy shade
Last Line: And love, and thought, and joy.
Variant Title(s): A Sister


THE STARS ARE MANSIONS BUILT BY NATURE'S HAND    Poem Text    
Last Line: Abodes where self-disturbance hath no part
Subject(s): Calm; Nature; Stars


THE STUFFED OWL    Poem Text    
First Line: While anna's peers and early playmates tread
Last Line: Nor veil, with restless film, his staring eyes.


THE TABLES TURNED    Poem Text    
First Line: Up! Up! My friend, and clear your looks
Last Line: That watches and receives.
Subject(s): Country Life; Environment; Nature; Religion; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Theology


THE THORN    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a thorn; it looks so old
Last Line: "oh woe is me! Oh misery!'"
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE THREE COTTAGE GIRLS    Poem Text    
First Line: How blest the maid whose heart - yet free
Last Line: And that intrepid nymph, on uri's steep descried!


THE TOWN OF SCHWYTZ    Poem Text    
First Line: By antique fancy trimmed - though lowly, bred
Last Line: Thy name, o schwytz! In happy freedom keep!
Subject(s): Schwytz, Switzerland


THE TRIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Show me the noblest youth of present time
Last Line: And one of the bright three become thy happy bride.


THE TROSACHS    Poem Text    
First Line: There's not a nook within this solemn pass
Last Line: Lulling the year, with all its cares, to rest!
Subject(s): Trosachs, The (Scotland)


THE TWO APRIL MORNINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: We walked along, while bright and red
Last Line: Of wilding in his hand.
Subject(s): April; Morning


THE TWO THIEVES OR THE LAST STAGE OF AVARICE    Poem Text    
First Line: O now that the genius of bewick were mine
Last Line: That lifts up the veil of our nature in thee.


THE UNREMITTING VOICE OF NIGHTLY STREAMS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of water-breaks, with grateful heart could tel
Subject(s): Water; Sound


THE VIEW FROM FOX HOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Wansfell! This household has a favoured lot
Last Line: How in thy pensive glooms our hearts found rest.
Variant Title(s): Past Years Of Home


THE VOICE OF THE DERWENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Yet once again do I behold the forms
Last Line: Half-heard and half-created.


THE WAGGONER: CANTO 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis spent - this burning day of june!
Last Line: The way the waggon went before.
Subject(s): Landscape


THE WAGGONER: CANTO 2    Poem Text    
First Line: If wytheburne's modest house of prayer
Last Line: Again behold them on their way!


THE WAGGONER: CANTO 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Right gladly had the horses stirred
Last Line: In bloodiest battle since the days of mars!


THE WAGGONER: CANTO 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus they, with freaks of proud delight
Last Line: Could keep alive when he was gone!


THE WARNING    Poem Text    
First Line: List, the winds of march are blowing
Last Line: Oppose, or bear with a submissive will.
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE WATERFALL AND THE EGLANTINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Begone, thou fond presumptuous elf'
Last Line: Those accents were his last.


THE WESTMORELAND GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Seek who will delight in fable
Last Line: Up to heaven, thro' peaceful ways.


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 1    Poem Text    
First Line: From bolton's old monastic tower
Last Line: A tale of tears, a mortal story!


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The harp in lowliness obeyed
Last Line: Alone, the armed multitude.


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Now joy for you who from the towers
Last Line: Should e'er a kindlier time ensue


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis night: in silence looking down
Last Line: Of that rash levy nought remained.


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 5    Poem Text    
First Line: High on a point of rugged ground
Last Line: To rylstone-hall her way she took.


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Why comes not francis? - from the doleful city
Last Line: And sorrow of this final truth!


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: CANTO 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou spirit, whose angelic hand
Last Line: "but daughter of the eternal prime!"


THE WHITE DOE OF RYLESTONE: DEDICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In trellised shed with clustering roses gay
Last Line: As it hath yielded to thy tender heart.


THE WILD DUCK'S NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The imperial consort of the fairy-king
Last Line: For human-kind, weak slaves of cumbrous pride!
Subject(s): Ducks; Mallards; Drakes


THE WINDOW ON WINDERMERE SIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: How beautiful when up a lofty height
Last Line: Her own angelic glory seems begun.


THE WISHING-GATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope rules a land for ever green
Last Line: Of dread eternity.


THE WISHING-GATE DESTROYED    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis gone - with old belief and dream
Last Line: Shall bid a kind farewell!
Subject(s): Troy


THE WORLD; SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: The world is too much with us: late and soon
Last Line: Or hear old triton blow his wreathed horn.
Variant Title(s): Rather A Pagan;worldliness
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Melancholy; Men; Nature; Paganism & Pagans; Social Protest; Estrangement; Outcasts; Dejection


THERE IS A BONDAGE WORSE, FAR WORSE, TO BEAR    Poem Text    
Last Line: Fade, and participate in man's decline
Subject(s): Decay; Nature


THERE IS A PLEASURE IN POETIC PAINS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Or rain-drop lingering on the pointed thorn
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


THERE IS AN EMINENCE, OF THESE OUR HILLS    Poem Text    
Last Line: Hath to this lonely summit given my name
Subject(s): Nature; Solitude


THERE WAS A BOY (VERSION 1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a boy, ye knew him well, ye cliffs
Last Line: Mute -- looking at the grave in which he lies!
Variant Title(s): The Boy Poet;the Boy And The Owls
Subject(s): Boys; Death - Children; Death - Babies


THERE WAS A BOY (VERSION 2)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a boy, ye knew him well, ye cliffs
Last Line: Mute - for he died when he was ten years old.
Subject(s): Boys; Death - Children; Death - Babies


THEY CALLED THEE MERRY ENGLAND, IN OLD TIME    Poem Text    
Last Line: Shall be thy rightful name, in prose and rhyme!
Subject(s): England


THIS LAWN, A CARPET ALL ALIVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of sweetly-breathing flowers
Subject(s): Lawns; Grass


THOSE WORDS WERE UTTERED AS IN PENSIVE MOOD    Poem Text    
Last Line: Nor they from it: their fellowship is secure
Subject(s): Thought


THOUGH NARROW BE THAT OLD MAN'S CARES, AND NEAR    Poem Text    
Last Line: To chase for ever, on aërial grounds!
Subject(s): Heaven; Wisdom; Old Age


THOUGH THE BOLD WINGS OF POESY AFFECT    Poem Text    
Last Line: With brow in penitential sorrow bent!
Subject(s): Nature; Writing & Writers


THOUGHT OF A BRITON ON THE SUBJUGATION OF SWITZERLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Two voices are there; one is of the sea
Last Line: And neither awful voice be heard by thee!
Variant Title(s): Switzerland;on The Subjugation Of Switzerland;england And Switzerland, 1802
Subject(s): England; Freedom; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Switzerland; English; Liberty; Swiss


THOUGHTS ON THE SEASONS    Poem Text    
First Line: Flattered with promise of escape
Last Line: Through heaven-born hope, her end!
Subject(s): Seasons


THOUGHTS [SUGGESTED THE DAY FOLLOWING]    Poem Text    
First Line: Too frail to keep the lofty vow
Last Line: Just god, forgive!


TIMOTHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Up, timothy, up with your staff and away!
Last Line: And he went to the chase with a tear on his cheek.
Variant Title(s): The Childless Father


TIS HE WHOSE YESTER-EVENING'S HIGH DISDAIN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Who meet most feelingly the calls of sadness
Subject(s): Mortality; Time


TIS SAID, THAT SOME HAVE DIED FOR LOVE    Poem Text     Recitation


TIS SAID, THAT SOME HAVE DIED FOR LOVE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Such happiness as I have known to-day
Subject(s): Despair; Suicide


TO - (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Look at the fate of summer flowers
Last Line: And never dies.


TO - (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Let other bards of angels sing
Last Line: And the lover is beloved.


TO - (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Wait, prithee, wait!' this answer lesbia threw
Last Line: She could not rescue, perished in her sight!


TO - (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: O dearer far than light and life are dear
Last Line: The faith heaven strengthens where 'he' moulds the creed.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


TO - . UPON THE BIRTH OF HER FIRST-BORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a shipwrecked sailor tost
Last Line: Conscious nursling, to thy breast!
Subject(s): Birth; Mothers; Child Birth; Midwifery


TO - [MISS BLACKETT] ON HER FIRST ASCENT ... HELVELLYN    Poem Text    
First Line: Inmate of a mountain-dwelling
Last Line: To confess their majesty!
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing


TO A BUTTERFLY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I've watched you now a full half-hour
Last Line: As twenty days are now.
Variant Title(s): To A Butterfly
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Time; Bugs


TO A BUTTERFLY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay near me -- do not take thy flight
Last Line: The dust from off its wings.
Variant Title(s): To A Butterfly


TO A CHILD, WRITTEN IN HER ALBUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Small service is true service while it lasts
Last Line: Protects the lingering dew-drop from the sun.
Variant Title(s): Witten In An Album;in A Child's Album


TO A DISTANT FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Why art thou silent! Is thy love a plant
Last Line: Speak, that my torturing doubts their end may know!
Variant Title(s): Speak!
Subject(s): Friendship; Love


TO A FRIEND (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Pastor and patriot! - at whose bidding rise
Last Line: This humble tribute as ill-timed or vain.


TO A FRIEND (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: From the dark chambers of dejection freed
Last Line: A soaring spirit is their prime delight.


TO A HIGHLAND GIRL; AT INVERSNAID, UPON LOCH LOMOND    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet highland girl, a very shower
Last Line: And thee, the spirit of them all!
Subject(s): Scotland; Youth


TO A LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair lady! Can I sing of flowers
Last Line: This precious flower, true love's last token.
Subject(s): Flowers; Madeira (Island)


TO A PAINTER (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: All praise the likeness by thy skill portrayed
Last Line: Their sovereign empire in a faithful heart.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


TO A PAINTER (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Though I beheld at first with blank surprise
Last Line: Into one vision, future, present, past.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


TO A PORTRAIT OF ISABEL FENWICK [PAINTED, MARAGARET GILLIES]    Poem Text    
First Line: We gaze, nor grieve to think that we must die
Last Line: Whose flower with us will vanish, must survive.
Subject(s): Friendship; Paintings And Painters


TO A REDBREAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay, little cheerful robin, stay!
Last Line: Of everlasting spring.
Subject(s): Robins


TO A SEXTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Let thy wheel-barrow alone
Last Line: Let one grave hold the loved and lover!


TO A SKYLARK (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Ethereal minstrel! Pilgrim of the sky
Last Line: True to the kindred points of heaven and home!
Variant Title(s): To The Skylark
Subject(s): Birds; Larks; Skylarks


TO A SKYLARK (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Up with me! Up with me into the clouds!
Last Line: And hope for higher raptures, when life's day is done.
Subject(s): Birds; Larks; Skylarks


TO A SNOWDROP    Poem Text    
First Line: Lone flower, hemmed in with snows, and white as they
Last Line: And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


TO A YOUNG LADY; WHO ... REPROACHED FOR TAKING LONG WALKS IN COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear child of nature, let them rail!
Last Line: Shall lead thee to thy grave.
Variant Title(s): The Child Of Nature
Subject(s): Nature


TO B.R. HAYDEN (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Haydon! Let worthier judges praise the skill
Last Line: And before 'him' doth dawn perpetual run.
Subject(s): Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786-1846); Napoleon I (1769-1821)


TO B.R. HAYDON (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: High is our calling, friend! Creative art
Last Line: Great is the glory, for the strife is hard!
Subject(s): Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786-1846)


TO CORDELIA M -    Poem Text    
First Line: Not in the mines beyond the western main
Last Line: For precious tremblings in your bosom found!


TO DORA    Poem Text    
First Line: A little onward lend thy guiding hand'
Last Line: And consecrate our lives to truth and love.


TO ENTERPRISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep for the young the impassioned smile
Last Line: Is proud to walk the earth with thee!


TO HARTLEY COLERIDGE; SIX YEARS OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: O thou whose fancies from afar are brought
Last Line: Slips in a moment out of life.
Variant Title(s): To H. C.; Six Years Old
Subject(s): Children; Coleridge, Hartley (1796-1849); Poetry & Poets; Childhood


TO HENRY CRABB ROBINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Companion! By whose buoyant spirit cheered
Last Line: Far more than any heart but mine can know.
Subject(s): Robinson, Henry Crabb (1775-1867)


TO I.F    Poem Text    
First Line: The star which comes at close of day to shine
Last Line: The heart-affianced sister of our love!


TO JOANNA    Poem Text    
First Line: Amid the smoke of cities did you pass
Last Line: "have called the lovely rock, joanna's rock."
Variant Title(s): Poems On The Naming Of Places: To Joanna


TO JOHN DYER    Poem Text    
First Line: Bard of the fleece, whose skillful genius made
Last Line: Long as the thrush shall pipe on grongar hill!
Variant Title(s): To The Poet, John Dyer
Subject(s): Dyer, John (1699-1757)


TO LADY BEAUMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady! The songs of spring were in the grove
Last Line: And all the mighty ravishment of spring.


TO M. H.    Poem Text    
First Line: Our walk was far amoung the ancient trees
Last Line: With all its beeches, we have named from you!
Variant Title(s): Poems On The Naming Of Places: To M.h.


TO MAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though many suns have risen and set
Last Line: Part seen, imagined part!
Subject(s): May (Month)


TO MY SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the first mild day of march
Last Line: We'll give to idleness.
Variant Title(s): A Change In The Year;lines (Written At A Small Distance From My House)
Subject(s): March (Month); Sisters; Spring; Wordsworth, Dorothy (1771-1855)


TO ROTHA Q-    Poem Text    
First Line: Rotha, my spiritual child! This head was grey
Last Line: To summon fancies out of time's dark cell.


TO S.H    Poem Text    
First Line: Excuse is needless when with love sincere
Last Line: Heed not the pillage of man's ancient heart.


TO SLEEP (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Fond words have oft been spoken to thee, sleep!
Last Line: Still last to come where thou art wanted most!


TO SLEEP (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: O gentle sleep! Do they belong to thee
Last Line: But once and deeply let me be beguiled.


TO THE AUTHOR'S PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, faithful portrait! And where long hath knelt
Last Line: To life thou art, and, in thy truth, how dear!
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


TO THE CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Army of clouds! Ye winged hosts in troops
Last Line: Lodged in the bosom of eternal things?
Subject(s): Clouds


TO THE CUCKOO (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: O blithe new-comer, I have heard
Last Line: That is fit home for thee!
Variant Title(s): To The Cuckoo
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos


TO THE CUCKOO (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Not the whole warbling grove in concert heard
Last Line: And thy erratic voice be faithful to the spring!
Subject(s): Birds; Cuckoos


TO THE DAISY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: In youth from rock to rock I went
Last Line: Art nature's favourite.
Variant Title(s): To The Daisy
Subject(s): Daisies; Flowers


TO THE DAISY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: With little here to do or see
Last Line: Of thy meek nature!
Variant Title(s): To The Daisy
Subject(s): Daisies; Flowers


TO THE DAISY (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Bright flower! Whose home is everywhere
Last Line: In peace fulfilling.
Subject(s): Daisies; Flowers


TO THE DAISY (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet flower! Belike one day to have
Last Line: Upon his senseless grave.
Variant Title(s): To The Daisy (From Three Elegies For John Wordsworth)


TO THE FALL OF LONSDALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lonsdale! It were unworthy of a guest
Last Line: Shall place thy virtues out of envy's reach.


TO THE LADY ELEANOR BUTLER AND THE HONORABLE MISS PONSONBY    Poem Text    
First Line: A stream, to mingle with your favourite dee
Last Line: Even on this earth, above the reach of time!
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians


TO THE LADY FLEMING (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Blest is this isle - our native land
Last Line: To kneel together, and adore their god!


TO THE LADY FLEMING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: When in the antique age of bow and spear
Last Line: Triumphant o'er the darkness of the grave.


TO THE LADY MARY LOWTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Lady! I rifled a parnassian cave
Last Line: To holy musing, it may enter her.


TO THE MEMORY OF RAISLEY CALVERT    Poem Text    
First Line: Calvert! It must not be unheard by them
Last Line: To think how much of this will be thy praise.


TO THE MEN OF KENT    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Vanguard of liberty, ye men of kent
Last Line: Ye men of kent, 'tis victory or death!
Subject(s): England; War; English


TO THE MOON (COMPOSED BY THE SEASIDE, COAST OF CUMBERLAND)    Poem Text    
First Line: Wanderer! That stoop'st so low, and com'st so near
Last Line: And thou art still, o moon, that sailor's friend!
Subject(s): Moon


TO THE MOON (RYDAL)    Poem Text    
First Line: Queen of the stars! - so gentle, so benign
Last Line: Than thy revival yields, for gladsome hope!
Subject(s): Moon


TO THE PENNSYLVANIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Days undefiled by luxury or sloth
Last Line: To upper air from mammon's loathsome den.
Subject(s): Pennsylvania


TO THE PLANET VENUS    Poem Text    
First Line: What strong allurement draws, what spirit guides
Last Line: Ere we lie down in our last dormitory?
Subject(s): Venus (Planet)


TO THE PLANET VENUS, AN EVENING STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Though joy attend thee orient at the birth
Last Line: Celestial power, as much with love as light?
Subject(s): Venus (Planet)


TO THE REV. CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Enlightened teacher, gladly from thy hand
Last Line: Points heavenward, indicate the end and way.
Subject(s): Teaching & Teachers; Wordsworth, Christopher (1774-1846)


TO THE RIVER DERWENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the mountains were we nursed, loved stream!
Last Line: Upon the proud enslavers of mankind!
Subject(s): Derwent (River) Great Britain


TO THE RIVER GRETA, NEAR KESWICK    Poem Text    
First Line: Greta, what fearful listening! When huge stones
Last Line: To a grieved heart, the notes are benisons.
Subject(s): Greta (River), Great Britain


TO THE SMALL CELANDINE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Pansies, lilies, kingcups, daisies
Last Line: Hymns in praise of what I love!
Variant Title(s): To The Small Celandine
Subject(s): Celandine; Plants; Planting; Planters


TO THE SMALL CELANDINE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Pleasures newly found are sweet
Last Line: Who will love my little flower.
Variant Title(s): To The Same Flower
Subject(s): Celandine; Plants; Planting; Planters


TO THE SONS OF BURNS, AFTER VISITING THE GRAVE OF FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Mid crowded obelisks and urns
Last Line: And think, and fear!
Subject(s): Burns, Robert (1759-1796); Poetry & Poets


TO THE SPADE OF A FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Spade! With which wilkinson hath tilled his land
Last Line: His rustic chimney with the last of thee!


TO THE TORRENT AT THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE, NORTH WALES, 1842    Poem Text    
First Line: How art thou named? In search of what strange land
Last Line: Over the minds of poets, young or old!
Subject(s): Wales; Welshmen; Welshwomen


TO THOMAS CLARKSON, ... BILL FOR ABOLITION OF SLAVE TRADE    Poem Text    
First Line: Clarkson! It was an obstinate hill to climb
Last Line: Repose at length, firm friend of human kind!
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Toussaint, the most unhappy man of men
Last Line: And love, and man's unconquerable mind.
Variant Title(s): To Toussaint L'ouverture, Leader Of African Slaves
Subject(s): Religion; Toussaint L'ouverture (1743-1803); Theology


TRAVELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the spot - how mildly does the sun
Last Line: That my heart melts in me to think of it.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF THE SAME DOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Lie here, without a record of thy worth
Last Line: And, therefore, shalt thou be an honoured name!
Subject(s): Animals


TRUST    Poem Text    
First Line: If this great world of joy and pain
Last Line: To bear, and to forbear!


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail, twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour!
Last Line: As the beginning of the heavens and earth!
Subject(s): Dusk


TYNWALD HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: Once on the top of tynwald's formal mound
Last Line: Like mona's miniature of sovereignty.


UNTERWALDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Now couch thyself where, heard with fear afar
Last Line: Shouts from the echoing hills with savage joy.
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Unterwalden, Switzerland; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


UPON PERUSING THE FOREGOING EPISTLE THIRTY YEARS AFTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Soon did he almighty giver of all rest
Last Line: Reviewed through love's transparent veil of years?


UPON SEEING A COLOURED DRAWING OF THE BIRD OF PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who rashly strove thy image to portray?
Last Line: When most enslaved by gross realities!


UPON THE LATE GENERTAL FAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Reluctant call it was; the rite delayed
Last Line: Of revolution, impiously unbound!


UPON THE SIGHT OF A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE, BY G.H. BEAUMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Praised be the art whose subtle power could stay
Last Line: The appropriate calm of blest eternity.
Variant Title(s): Upon The Sight Of A Beautiful Picture
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters


UPON THE SIGHT OF THE PORTRAIT OF A FEMALE FRIEND    Poem Text    
First Line: Upon those lips, those placid lips, I look
Last Line: And ask not speech from them, but long for breath.
Subject(s): Portraits


URSEREN    Poem Text    
First Line: From the green vale of urseren smooth and wide
Last Line: Alike in whelming snows and roaring waves.
Subject(s): Reuss (River), Switzerland


VALEDICTORY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Serving no haughty muse, my hands have here
Last Line: Grant me thy love, I crave no other fee!
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


VERNAL ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the concave of an april sky
Last Line: And earth and stars composed a universal heaven!


VIEW FROM THE TOP OF BLACKCOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: This height a ministering angel might select
Last Line: Of britain's calm felicity and power!


WATER FOWL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mark how the feathered tenants of the flood
Last Line: As if they scorned both resting-place and rest!
Subject(s): Lakes; Waterfowl; Pools; Ponds


WE ARE SEVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: A simple child
Last Line: "and said, ""nay, we are seven."
Subject(s): Children; Supernatural; Childhood


WEAK IS THE WILL OF MAN, HIS JUDGMENT BLIND    Poem Text    
Last Line: And do not shrink from sorrow's keenest wind
Subject(s): Imagination


WHAT BOOTS THE QUEST?    Poem Text    
First Line: Alas! What boots the long, laborious quest
Last Line: Then all the pride of intellect and thought?


WHAT HEAVENLY SMILES! O LADY MINE    Poem Text    
Last Line: And from the headlong streams.
Subject(s): Smiles


WHAT IF OUR NUMBERS BARELY COULD DEFY    Poem Text    
Last Line: Of a just god for liberty and right.
Subject(s): Power; Justice; Equality


WHEN SEVERN'S SWEEPING FLOOD HAD OVERTHROWN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Let not our times halt in their better choice!
Subject(s): Severn (River), England; Floods; Wales; Churches


WHEN, TO THE ATTRACTIONS OF THE BUSY WORLD    Poem Text    
Last Line: Mingling most earnest wishes for the day
Subject(s): Brothers; Nature


WHERE LIES THE LAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where lies the land to which yon ship must go?
Last Line: Is with me at thy farewell, joyous bark!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


WHERE LIES THE TRUTH? HAS MAN, IN WISDOM'S CREED    Poem Text    
Last Line: A happier, brighter, purer heaven than theirs
Subject(s): Truth


WHILE BEAMS OF ORIENT LIGHT SHOOT WIDE AND HIGH    Poem Text    
Last Line: Gleams from a world in which the saints repose
Subject(s): Beauty; Imagination; Dawn


WHO BUT IS PLEASED TO WATCH THE MOON ON HIGH    Poem Text    
Last Line: The wanderer lost in more determined gloom
Subject(s): Moon


WHO FANCIED WHAT A PRETTY SIGHT    Poem Text    
Last Line: Where life is wise and innocent
Subject(s): Stones


WHY SHOULD THE ENTHUSIAST, JOURNEYING THROUGH THIS ISLE    Poem Text    
Last Line: If that be reverenced which ought to last
Subject(s): Travel


WHY, MINSTREL, THESE UNTUNEFUL MURMURINGS'    Poem Text    
Last Line: To its sad lord, far from his native fields?
Subject(s): Homesickness; Longing; Loss; Music & Musicians


WITH HOW SAD STEPS, O MOON, THOU CLIMB'ST THE SKY    Poem Text    
Last Line: Queen both for beauty and for majesty


WOODLAND WALKS    Poem Text    
First Line: How sweet it is, when mother fancy rocks
Last Line: And leap at once from the delicious stream.


WRITTEN AFTER THE DEATH OF CHARLES LAMB    Poem Text    
First Line: To a good man of most dear memory
Last Line: To the blest world where parting is unknown.
Subject(s): Lamb, Charles (1775-1834)


WRITTEN AT THE REQUEST OF SIR GEORGE BEAUMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Ye lime-trees, ranged before this hallowed urn
Last Line: Feeling what england lost when reynolds died.


WRITTEN IN A BLANK LEAF OF MACPHERSON'S OSSIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oft have I caught, upon a fitful breeze
Last Line: Of glory by urania led!
Subject(s): Macpherson, James (1736-1796)


WRITTEN IN A GROTTO    Poem Text    
First Line: O moon! If ever I joyed when thy soft light
Last Line: Guide hither, o sweet moon, the maid I love so well.


WRITTEN IN GERMANY    Poem Text    
First Line: A fig for your languages, german and norse
Last Line: And back to the forests again!


WRITTEN IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The cock is crowing
Last Line: The rain is over and gone!
Variant Title(s): Lines Written In March;a March Landscape;march;the Merry Month Of March
Subject(s): Hope; March (Month); Optimism


WRITTEN IN VERY EARLY YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Calm is all nature as a resting wheel
Last Line: The officious touch that makes me droop again.


WRITTEN UPON A BLANK LEAF IN    Poem Text    


WRITTEN WITH A PENCIL UPON A STONE IN THE WALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Rude is this ediface, and thou hast seen
Last Line: Fair sights, and visions of romantic joy!


WRITTEN WITH A SLATE PENCIL ON A STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stay, bold adventurer; rest awhile thy limbs
Last Line: Upon the blinded mountain's silent top!


WRITTEN WITH A SLATE PENCIL UPON A STONE, THE LARGEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Stranger! This hillock of mis-shapen stones
Last Line: And let the redbreast hop from stone to stone.


YARROW REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: The gallant youth, who may have gained
Last Line: To memory's shadowy moonshine!
Subject(s): Yarrow (Water), Scotland


YARROW UNVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: From stirling castle we had seen
Last Line: "the bonny holms of yarrow!"
Subject(s): Yarrow (Water), Scotland


YARROW VISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: And is this -- yarrow? -- tis the stream
Last Line: And cheer my mind in sorrow.
Subject(s): Yarrow (Water), Scotland


YES, THOU ART FAIR, YET BE NOT MOVED    Poem Text    
Last Line: In sky, air, earth, and ocean.
Subject(s): Beauty; Inspiration


YEW-TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a yew-tree, pride of lorton vale
Last Line: Murmuring from glaramara's inmost caves.
Subject(s): Yew Trees


YOUNG ENGLAND - WHAT IS THEN BECOME OF OLD    Poem Text    
Last Line: Let babes and sucklings be thy oracles
Subject(s): England; Tradition