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Poem by William Wordsworth


Wood Street


         The Reverie of Poor Susan

AT the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears,
Hangs a thrush that sings loud,it has sung for three years;
Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard
In the silence of morning the song of the bird.

T is a note of enchantment; what ails her? She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees;
Bright volumes of vapor through Lothbury glide,
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.

Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale,
Down which she so often has tripped with her pail;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a doves,
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.

She looks, and her heart is in heaven; but they fade,
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade:
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise,
And the colors have all passed away from her eyes!



William Wordsworth

Poem Themes: Cities of England, London

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Fish-Women
  2. Harts-Horn Tree, near Penrith
  3. On Revisiting Dunolly Castle
  4. In Sight of the Town of Cockermouth
  5. Mosgiel Farm


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