Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VI. Animate Nature
To the Cuckoo
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
O BLITHE new-comer! I have heard,
  I hear thee and rejoice.
A cuckoo! shall I call thee bird,
  Or but a wandering voice?
While I am lying on the grass        5
  Thy twofold shout I hear;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
  At once far off and near.
Though babbling only to the vale
  Of sunshine and of flowers,        10
Thou bringest unto me a tale
  Of visionary hours.
Thrice welcome, darling of the spring!
  Even yet thou art to me
No bird, but an invisible thing,        15
  A voice, a mystery;
The same whom in my school-boy days
  I listened to; that cry
Which made me look a thousand ways,
  In bush and tree and sky.        20
To seek thee did I often rove
  Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
  Still longed for, never seen.
And I can listen to thee yet;        25
  Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
  That golden time again.
O blessèd bird! the earth we pace
  Again appears to be        30
An unsubstantial, fairy place;
  That is fit home for thee!

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