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ON A PORTRAIT OF WORDSWORTH BY B.R. HAYDON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wordsworth upon helvellyn! Let the cloud
Last Line: This is the poet and his poetry.
Subject(s): Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786-1846); Poetry & Poets; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)


Wordsworth upon Helvellyn! Let the cloud
Ebb audibly along the mountain-wind,
Then break against the rock, and show behind
The lowland valleys floating up to crowd
The sense with beauty. He, with forehead bowed
And humble-lidded eyes, as one inclined
Before the sovran thought of his own mind,
And very meek with inspirations proud, --
Takes here his rightful place as poet-priest
By the high-altar, singing prayer and prayer
To the higher Heavens. A noble vision free,
Our Haydon's hand hath flung out from the mist!
No portrait this, with Academic air, --
This is the poet and his poetry.




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