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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Elegiac Stanzas Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
I WAS 1 thy neighbour once, thou rugged Pile!
Four summer weeks I dwelt in sight of thee:
I saw thee every day; and all the while
Thy Form was sleeping on a glassy sea.
So pure the sky, so quiet was the air!        5
So like, so very like, was day to day!
Whene’er I looked, thy Image still was there;
It trembled, but it never passed away …
Ah! THEN, if mine had been the Painter’s hand,
To express what then I saw; and add the gleam,        10
The light that never was, on sea or land,
The consecration, and the Poet’s dream …
Note 1. Wordsworth. From Elegiac Stanzas suggested by a picture of Peele Castle, &c. 1805. [See Nos. 93 and 106.] [back]

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