"O Reader! had you in your mind
Such stores as silent thought can bring,
O gentle Reader! you would find
A tale in everything."
"I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
With coldness still returning;
Alas! the gratitude of men
Hath oftener left me mourning."
"That best portion of a good man's life,--
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love."
Lines completed a few miles above Tintern Abbey
"Often have I sighed to measure
By myself a lonely pleasure,--
Sighed to think I read a book,
Only read, perhaps, by me."
To the Small Celandine
"As high as we have mounted in delight,
In our dejection do we sink as low."
Resolution and Independence
"The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more."
The Solitary Reaper
"Every gift of noble origin
Is breathed upon by Hope's perpetual breath."
These Times strike Monied Worldlings
"Give unto me, made lowly wise,
The spirit of self-sacrifice;
The confidence of reason give,
And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live!"
Ode to Duty
One great society alone on earth:
The noble living and the noble dead."
The Prelude Book xi
"Blessings be with them, and eternal praise,
Who gave us nobler loves, and nobler cares!--
The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs
Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays."
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
From God, who is our home:"
Intimations of Immortality
"Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower."
"To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."
"The good die first,
And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust
Burn to the socket."
"Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar."
"And the most difficult of tasks to keep
Heights which the soul is competent to gain."
"The gods approve
The depth, and not the tumult, of the soul."
Than strength of nerve or sinew, or the sway
Of magic potent over sun and star,
Is Love, though oft to agony distrest,
And though his favorite seat be feeble woman's breast."
"True beauty dwells in deep retreats,
Whose veil is unremoved
Till heart with heart in concord beats,
And the lover is beloved."
To ------. Let other Bards of Angels sing
"Small service is true service while it lasts.
Of humblest friends, bright creature! scorn not one:
The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun."
To a Child. Written in her Album
"Myriads of daisies have shone forth in flower
Near the lark's nest, and in their natural hour
Have passed away; less happy than the one
That by the unwilling ploughshare died to prove
The tender charm of poetry and love."
Poems composed during a Tour in the Summer of 1833
"Minds that have nothing to confer
Find little to perceive."
Yes, Thou art Fair