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Poem by William Wordsworth


The Kirk of Ulpha


THE KIRK of Ulpha to the pilgrims eye
Is welcome as a star, that doth present
Its shining forehead through the peaceful rent
Of a black cloud diffused oer half the sky:
Or as a fruitful palm-tree towering high
Oer the parched waste beside an Arabs tent;
Or the Indian tree whose branches, downward bent,
Take root again, a boundless canopy.
How sweet were leisure! could it yield no more
Than mid that wave-washed Churchyard to recline,
From pastoral graves extracting thoughts divine;
Or there to pace, and mark the summits hoar
Of distant moonlit mountains faintly shine,
Soothed by the unseen Rivers gentle roar.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. In the Frith of Clyde, Ailsa Crag
  2. Oxford, May 30, 1820
  3. Roman Antiquities
  4. Rydal
  5. Processions


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