THE MOST EXTENSIVE
ON THE INTERNET
Wild is the music of autumnal winds the faded woods.
Wisdom sits with children round her knees.
Worse than idle is compassion if it ends in tears and sighs.
Ye swelling hills and spacious plains!
Besprent from shore to shore with steeple towers,
And spires whose "silent finger points to heaven."
Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark.
- A Morning Exercise [Music]
But he is risen, a later star of dawn.
- A Morning Exercise [Stars]
Lady of the Mere,
Sole-sitting by the shores of old romance.
- A Narrow Girdle of Rough Stones and Crags
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free
Down to its root, and in that freedom, bold.
- A Poet! He hath put his Heart to School
Impulses of deeper birth
Have come to him in solitude.
- A Poet's Epitaph [Solitude]
The harvest of a quiet eye,
That broods and sleeps on his own heart.
- A Poet's Epitaph (st. 13) [Eyes]
One that would peep and botanize
Upon his mother's grave.
- A Poet's Epitaph (st. 5) [Character]
To the solid ground
Of Nature trusts the Mind that builds for aye.
- A Volant Tribe of Bards on Earth [Nature]
Among the dwellings framed by birds
In field or forest with nice care,
Is none that with the little wren's
In snugness may compare.
- A Wren's Nest [Wrens]
The Primrose for a veil had spread
The largest of her upright leaves;
And thus for purposes benign,
A simple flower deceives.
- A Wren's Nest [Primroses]
The very flowers are sacred to the poor.
- Admonition [Flowers]
I look for ghosts; but none will force
Their way to me; 'tis falsely said
That even there was intercourse
Between the living and the dead.
- Affliction of Margaret [Apparitions]
A few strong instincts and a few plain rules.
- Alas! What Boots the Long Laborious Quest?
He knows but from its shade the present hour.
- An Evening Walk [Sun Dial Mottoes]
Three sleepless nights I passed in sounding on,
Through words and things, a dim and perilous way.
written 18 years before "Excursion"
[Intellect : Words]
Brook! whose society the poet seeks,
Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
And whom the curious painter doth pursue
Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks,
And tracks thee dancing down thy water-breaks.
- Brook! Whose Society the Poet Seeks
Who, doomed to go in company with Pain
And Fear and Bloodshed,--miserable train!--
Turns his necessity to glorious gain.
- Character of a Happy Warrior [Necessity]
But who, if he be called upon to face
Some awful moment to which Heaven has joined
Great issues, good or bad for humankind,
Is happy as a lover.
- Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 48)
And through the heat of conflict keeps the law
In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw.
- Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 53) [Law]
Whom neither shape of danger can dismay,
Nor thought of tender happiness betray.
- Character of a Happy Warrior (l. 72)
Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
Of their bad influence, and their good receives.
- Character of the Happy Warrior [Influence]
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