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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
379. To the Cuckoo
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
O BLITHE new-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice:
O 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 listen’d 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 long’d 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 blesséd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be        30
An unsubstantial, fairy place,
That is fit home for Thee!
 

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