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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
To Hartley Coleridge—Six Years Old
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
O THOU! whose fancies from afar are brought;
  Who of thy words dost make a mock apparel,
And fittest to unutterable thought
  The breeze-like motion and the self-born carol;
    Thou faery voyager! that dost float        5
    In such clear water, that thy boat
          May rather seem
To brood on air than on an earthly stream;
Suspended in a stream as clear as sky,
Where earth and heaven do make one imagery;        10
      O blessed vision! happy child!
      Thou art so exquisitely wild,
      I think of thee with many fears
For what may be thy lot in future years.
 
I thought of times when Pain might be thy guest,        15
  Lord of thy house and hospitality;
And Grief, uneasy lover! never rest
  But when she sate within the touch of thee.
          O too industrious folly!
      O vain and causeless melancholy!        20
      Nature will either end thee quite;
  Or, lengthening out thy season of delight,
  Preserve for thee, by individual right,
A young lamb’s heart among the full-grown flocks.
        What hast thou to do with sorrow,        25
        Or the injuries of to-morrow?
Thou art a dewdrop, which the morn brings forth,
      Ill fitted to sustain unkindly shocks,
    Or to be trailed along the soiling earth;
        A gem that glitters while it lives,        30
          And no forewarning gives;
    But at the touch of wrong, without a strife
        Slips in a moment out of life.
 
 
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