William Wordsworth

Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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XXXV

[Composed 1838.—Published: Sonnet-vol. of 1838.]

  • 1'Tis He whose yester-evening's high disdain
  • 2Beat back the roaring storm—but how subdued
  • 3His day-break note, a sad vicissitude!
  • 4Does the hour's drowsy weight his glee restrain?
  • 5Or, like the nightingale, her joyous vein
  • 6Pleased to renounce, does this dear Thrush attune
  • 7His voice to suit the temper of yon Moon
  • 8Doubly depressed, setting, and in her wane?
  • 9Rise, tardy Sun! and let the Songster prove
  • 10(The balance trembling between night and morn
  • 11No longer) with what ecstasy upborne
  • 12He can pour forth his spirit. In heaven above,
  • 13And earth below, they best can serve true gladness
  • 14Who meet most feelingly the calls of sadness.

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