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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCLI. The Reverie of Poor Susan
 
AT the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears, 
Hangs a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for three years: 
Poor Susan has pass'd by the spot, and has heard 
In the silence of morning the song of the bird. 
  
'Tis a note of enchantment: what ails her? She sees         5
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees; 
Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide, 
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside. 
  
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale 
Down which she so often has tripp'd with her pail;  10
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's, 
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves. 
  
She looks, and her heart is in heaven: but they fade, 
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade; 
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,  15
And the colours have all pass'd away from her eyes! 
 
 
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