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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CCLXI. By the Sea
 
IT is a beauteous evening, calm and free; 
  The holy time is quiet as a nun 
  Breathless with adoration; the broad sun 
Is sinking down in its tranquillity; 
The gentleness of heaven is on the Sea:         5
  Listen! the mighty being is awake, 
  And doth with his eternal motion make 
A sound like thunder—everlastingly. 
Dear child! dear girl! that walkest with me here, 
  If thou appear untouch'd by solemn thought  10
Thy nature is not therefore less divine: 
Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year, 
And worshipp'st at the Temple's inner shrine, 
  God being with thee when we know it not. 
 
 
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