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Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might;
I only have relinquished one delight
To live beneath your more habitual sway.
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
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,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.


WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, second son of John

Wordsworth (d. 1783) and Anne (Cookson, of

Penrith, d. 1778) his wife, born . . . April 7, 1770 At Hawkshead Grammar School

1778-86 To St. John's College, Cambridge.

1787 Took B.A. degree and left Cambridge

1791 Residence in France . . . .

1791-2 Settled at Racedown, Dorset, with his sister Dorothy

(6. 1771) · · · · · · 1795 Moved, with his sister, to Alfoxden, Somerset

1797 Lyrical Ballads (containing 'Lines written a few

Miles above Tintern Abbey,' Coleridge's 'The
Rime of the Ancyent Marinere,' etc.) first pub-

lished . . . . . . 1798 Winter in Germany (Goslar) with his sister . . 1798-9 Settled with Dorothy Wordsworth at Dove Cottage,

Grasmere . . . . . . Dec. 1799 He married his cousin, Mary Hutchinson . . Oct. 4, 1802 His younger and favourite brother John lost at sea . Feb. 5, 1805


The family moved from Dove Cottage to Allan
Bank, Grasmere.

1808 To Grasmere Parsonage :

1811 They left Grasmere for Rydal Mount Received the honorary degree of D.C.L. at Oxford,

being introduced to the Vice-Chancellor by

Keble, then Professor of Poetry . . . July 1839 Appointed Poet Laureate, on Southey's death . April 1843 His daughter Dora, wife of Edward Quillinan, died . July 9, 1847 William Wordsworth died at Rydal Mount, aged So years . . . . . April 23, 1850

(Wordsworth’s wife and sister both survived him, the latter dying on January 25, 1855, the former living until January 17, 1859.)





• The Editor is responsible for the titles thus indicated. Extract from the Conclusion of a Poem, composed in anticipation of leaving School. .

· Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree, which stands near

the Lake of Esthwaite, on a desolate part of the Shore,

commanding a beautiful Prospect
The Reverie of Poor Susan.
We are Seven .
The Thorn .
Her Eyes are Wild ,
Simon Lee, the old Huntsman; with an incident in which

he was concerned
Lines Written in Early Spring
To my Sister. .
Expostulation and Reply .
The Tables Turned. An evening Scene on the same

Subject . . . . . .
Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey, on

revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July

13, 1798 . . . . . .
Nutting . .
Strange fits of passion have I known
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
I travelled among unknown men .
Three years she grew in sun and shower
A slumber did my spirit seal.
A Poet's Epitaph . . .
The Two April Mornings .

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