Verse > William Wordsworth > Complete Poetical Works
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXI. SECLUSION

          LANCE, shield, and sword relinquished, at his side
          A bead-roll, in his hand a clasped book,
          Or staff more harmless than a shepherd's crook,
          The war-worn Chieftain quits the world--to hide
          His thin autumnal locks where Monks abide
          In cloistered privacy. But not to dwell
          In soft repose he comes: within his cell,
          Round the decaying trunk of human pride,
          At morn, and eve, and midnight's silent hour,
          Do penitential cogitations cling;                           10
          Like ivy, round some ancient elm, they twine
          In grisly folds and strictures serpentine;
          Yet, while they strangle, a fair growth they bring,
          For recompence--their own perennial bower.


CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors