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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
          Miscellaneous Sonnets. Part i. xxxiii.
    Maidens withering on the stalk. 1
          Personal Talk. Stanza 1.
    Sweetest melodies
Are those that are by distance made more sweet. 2
          Personal Talk. Stanza 2.
    Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good.
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
          Personal Talk. Stanza 3.
    The gentle Lady married to the Moor,
And heavenly Una with her milk-white lamb.
          Personal Talk. Stanza 3.
    Blessings be with them, and eternal praise,
Who gave us nobler loves, and nobler cares!—
The Poets, who on earth have made us heirs
Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays.
          Personal Talk. Stanza 4.
    A power is passing from the earth.
          Lines on the expected Dissolution of Mr. Fox.
    The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the rose.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 2.
        The sunshine is a glorious birth;
    But yet I know, where’er I go,
That there hath passed away a glory from the earth.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 2.
    Where is it now, the glory and the dream?
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 5.
    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
      And cometh from afar.
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
    From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 5.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 2.
See Collins, Quotation 8. [back]