Prelude - Prefixed To The Volume Entitled "poems Chiefly Of Early And Late Years Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


In desultory walk through orchard groundsA
Or some deep chestnut grove oft have I pausedB
The while a Thrush urged rather than restrainedC
By gusts of vernal storm attuned his songD
To his own genial instincts and was heardE
Though not without some plaintive tones betweenF
To utter above showers of blossom sweptG
From tossing boughs the promise of a calmH
Which the unsheltered traveler might receiveI
With thankful spirit The descant and the windJ
That seemed to play with it in love or scornK
Encouraged and endeared the strain of wordsL
That haply flowed from me by fits of silenceM
Impelled to livelier pace But now my BookN
Charged with those lays and others of like moodO
Or loftier pitch if higher rose the themeP
Go single yet aspiring to be joinedQ
With thy Forerunners that through many a yearR
Have faithfully prepared each other's wayS
Go forth upon a mission best fulfilledT
When and wherever in this changeful worldU
Power hath been given to please for higher endsV
Than pleasure only gladdening to prepareW
For wholesome sadness troubling to refineX
Calming to raise and by a sapient ArtY
Diffused through all the mysteries of our BeingZ
Softening the toils and pains that have not ceasedA2
To cast their shadows on our mother EarthB2
Since the primeval doom Such is the graceC2
Which though unsued for fails not to descendD2
With heavenly inspiration such the aimE2
That Reason dictates and as even the wishF2
Has virtue in it why should hope to meG2
Be wanting that sometimes where fancied illsH2
Harass the mind and strip from off the bowersI2
Of private life their natural pleasantnessI2
A Voice devoted to the love whose seedsI2
Are sown in every human breast to beautyG2
Lodged within compass of the humblest sightJ2
To cheerful intercourse with wood and fieldK2
And sympathy with man's substantial griefsI2
Will not be heard in vain And in those daysI2
When unforeseen distress spreads far and wideL2
Among a People mournfully cast downM2
Or into anger roused by venal wordsI2
In recklessness flung out to overturnN2
The judgment and divert the general heartY
From mutual good some strain of thine my BookN
Caught at propitious intervals may winO2
Listeners who not unwillingly admitP2
Kindly emotion tending to consoleQ2
And reconcile and both with young and oldR2
Exalt the sense of thoughtful gratitudeO
For benefits that still survive by faithS2
In progress under laws divine maintainedC

William Wordsworth


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