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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Wordsworth. 1770–1850
  
537. Desideria
  
SURPRISED by joy—impatient as the Wind 
  I turned to share the transport—O! with whom 
  But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb, 
That spot which no vicissitude can find? 
Love, faithful love, recall'd thee to my mind—         5
  But how could I forget thee? Through what power, 
  Even for the least division of an hour, 
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind 
To my most grievous loss?—That thought's return 
  Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,  10
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn, 
  Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more; 
That neither present time, nor years unborn 
  Could to my sight that heavenly face restore. 
 
 
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