William Wordsworth Poems

  • 951.  
    Strange fits of passion have I known:
    And I will dare to tell,But in the lover's ear alone,
  • 952.  
    It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
    The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
  • 953.  
    When I have borne in memory what has tamed
    Great Nations, how ennobling thoughts depart When men change swords for ledgers, and desert
  • 954.  
    It is not to be thought of that the flood
    Of British freedom, which, to the open sea Of the world's praise, from dark antiquity
  • 955.  
    Great men have been among us; hands that penn'd
    And tongues that utter'd wisdom-better none: The later Sidney, Marvel, Harrington,
  • 956.  
    Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
    England hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
  • 957.  
    O friend! I know not which way I must look
    For comfort, being, as I am, opprest, To think that now our life is only drest
  • 958.  
    Surprised by joy-impatient as the Wind
    I turned to share the transport-O! with whom But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb,
  • 959.  
    The minstrels played their Christmas tune
    To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;While, smitten by a lofty moon,
  • 960.  
    And is this-Yarrow?-This the stream
    Of which my fancy cherished,So faithfully, a waking dream?
  • 961.  
    See the various Poems the scene of which is laid upon
    the banks of the Yarrow; in particular, the exquisite Ballad of Hamilton beginning-
  • 962.  
    The gallant Youth, who may have gained,
    Or seeks, a “winsome Marrow,”Was but an Infant in the lap
  • 963.  
    The cock is crowing,
    The stream is flowing,The small birds twitter,
  • 964.  
    O Friend! I know not which way I must look
    For comfort, being, as I am, opprest,To think that now our life is only drest
  • 965.  
    O blithe New-comer! I have heard,
    I hear thee and rejoice.O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
  • 966.  
    Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky!
    Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye
  • 967.  
    (At Inversneyde, upon Loch Lomond)

  • 968.  
    Three years she grew in sun and shower,
    Then Nature said, “A lovelier flowerOn earth was never sown;
  • 969.  
    There was a Boy; ye knew him well, ye cliffs
    And islands of Winander! many a time,At evening, when the earliest stars began
  • 970.  
    The world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:Little we see in Nature that is ours;
  • 971.  
    Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
    With the least shade of thought to sin allied.Woman! above all women glorified,
  • 972.  
    Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
    Or surely you'll grow double:Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
  • 973.  
    Behold her, single in the field,
    Yon solitary Highland Lass!Reaping and singing by herself;
  • 974.  
    -Brook and road
    Were fellow-travellers in this gloomy Pass,And with them did we journey several hours
  • 975.  
    At the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears,
    Hangs a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years:Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard
  • 976.  
    A Rock there is whose homely front
    The passing traveller slights;Yet there the glow-worms hang their lamps,
  • 977.  
    The power of Armies is a visible thing,
    Formal and circumscribed in time and space;But who the limits of that power shall trace
  • 978.  
    I saw an aged Beggar in my walk;
    And he was seated, by the highway side,On a low structure of rude masonry
  • 979.  
    Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed
    Their snow-white blossoms on my head,With brightest sunshine round me spread
  • 980.  
    Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
    For mighty were the auxiliars which then stoodUpon our side, we who were strong in love!
  • 981.  
    I thought of Thee, my partner and my guide,
    As being past away.-Vain sympathies!For, backward, Duddon! as I cast my eyes,
  • 982.  
    High in the breathless Hall the Minstrel sate,
    And Emont's murmur mingled with the Song.-The words of ancient time I thus translate,
  • 983.  
    With an incident in which he was concerned

  • 984.  
    She was a Phantom of delight
    When first she gleamed upon my sight;A lovely Apparition, sent
  • 985.  
    She dwelt among the untrodden ways
    Beside the springs of Dove,A Maid whom there were none to praise
  • 986.  
    Departing summer hath assumed
    An aspect tenderly illumed,The gentlest look of spring;
  • 987.  
    Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frowned,
    Mindless of its just honours; with this keyShakespeare unlocked his heart; the melody
  • 988.  
    There was a roaring in the wind all night;
    The rain came heavily and fell in floods;But now the sun is rising calm and bright;
  • 989.  
    Once did She hold the gorgeous east in fee;
    And was the safeguard of the west: the worthOf Venice did not fall below her birth,
  • 990.  
    A trouble, not of clouds, or weeping rain,
    Nor of the setting sun's pathetic lightEngendered, hangs o'er Eildon's triple height:
  • 991.  
    Jam non consilio bonus, sed more eo perductus, ut non tantum
    recte facere possim, sed nisi recte facere non possim (Seneca, Letters 130.10)
  • 992.  
    The child is father of the man;
    And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.
  • 993.  
    These times strike monied worldlings with dismay:
    Even rich men, brave by nature, taint the airWith words of apprehension and despair:
  • 994.  
    -It seems a day
    (I speak of one from many singled out)One of those heavenly days that cannot die;
  • 995.  
    Another year!-another deadly blow!
    Another mighty Empire overthrown!And We are left, or shall be left, alone;
  • 996.  
    From low to high doth dissolution climb,
    And sink from high to low, along a scaleOf awful notes, whose concord shall not fail;
  • 997.  
    Most sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
    To pace the ground, if path be there or none,While a fair region round the traveller lies
  • 998.  
    If from the public way you turn your steps
    Up the tumultuous brook of Green-head Ghyll,You will suppose that with an upright path
  • 999.  
    Milton! thou should'st be living at this hour:
    England hath need of thee: she is a fenOf stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
  • 1000.  
    I heard a thousand blended notes,
    While in a grove I sate reclined,In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Total 1015 poems written by William Wordsworth

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