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Poem by William Wordsworth


On Revisiting Dunolly Castle


THE CAPTIVE bird was gone;to cliff or moor
Perchance had flown, delivered by the storm;
Or he had pined, and sunk to feed the worm:
Him found we not; but, climbing a tall tower,
There saw, impaved with rude fidelity
Of art mosaic, in a roofless floor,
An eagle with stretched wings, but beamless eye,
An eagle that could neither wail nor soar.
Effigy of the vanished, (shall I dare
To call thee so?) or symbol of fierce deeds
And of the towering courage which past times
Rejoiced in, take, whateer thou be, a share,
Not undeserved, of the memorial rhymes
That animate my way whereer it leads!



William Wordsworth

Poem Theme: Castles

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Inscription Intended for a Stone in the Grounds of Rydal Mount
  2. Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone, Herefordshire
  3. In Sight of the Town of Cockermouth
  4. The Glen of Loch Etive
  5. Remembrance of Collins


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