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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Page 480
 
 
William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
 
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    Wrongs unredressed, or insults unavenged.
          The Excursion.Book iii.
5051
    Monastic brotherhood, upon rock
Aerial.
          The Excursion.Book iii.
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    The intellectual power, through words and things,
Went sounding on a dim and perilous way! 1
          The Excursion.Book iii.
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    Society became my glittering bride,
And airy hopes my children.
          The Excursion.Book iii.
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    And the most difficult of tasks to keep
Heights which the soul is competent to gain.
          The Excursion.Book iv.
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    There is a luxury in self-dispraise;
And inward self-disparagement affords
To meditative spleen a grateful feast.
          The Excursion.Book iv.
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    Recognizes ever and anon
The breeze of Nature stirring in his soul.
          The Excursion.Book iv.
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    Pan himself,
The simple shepherd’s awe-inspiring god!
          The Excursion.Book iv.
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    I have seen
A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract
Of inland ground, applying to his ear
The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell,
To which, in silence hushed, his very soul
Listened intensely; and his countenance soon
Brightened with joy, for from within were heard
Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed
Mysterious union with his native sea. 2
          The Excursion.Book iv.
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    So build we up the being that we are.
          The Excursion.Book iv.
 
Note 1.
See Quotation 4. [back]
Note 2.
But I have sinuous shell of pearly hue;
. . . . .
Shake one, and it awakens; then apply
Its polisht lips to your attentive ear,
And it remembers its august abodes,
And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.
Walter Savage Landor: Gebir, book v. [back]
 

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