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COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 3, 1802, by             Poet's Biography
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


Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty;
This city now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!




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