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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
The end of the Ode on Intimations

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
.. AND 1 O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills, and Groves,
Forebode not any severing of our loves!
Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might;
I only have relinquished one delight
To live beneath your more habitual sway.        5
I love the Brooks which down their channels fret,
Even more than when I tripped lightly as they;
The innocent brightness of a new-born Day
            Is lovely yet;
The Clouds that gather round the setting sun        10
Do take a sober colouring from an eye
That hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality;
Another race hath been, and other palms are won.
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,        15
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
 
Note 1. Wordsworth. The end of the Ode on Intimations, &c. [See 133.] [back]
 
 
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