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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 the Cuckoo
By 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 schoolboy 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, faery place;
  That is fit home for thee!
 
 
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