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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
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 broods o’er 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 untouched by solemn thought,        10
    Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year;
    And worship’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,
  God being with thee when we know it not.
 
 
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