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

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William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
    At length the man perceives it die away,
And fade into the light of common day.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 5.
    The thought of our past years in me doth breed
Perpetual benediction.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 9.
              Those obstinate questionings
    Of sense and outward things,
    Fallings from us, vanishings,
    Blank misgivings of a creature
Moving about in worlds not realized,
High instincts before which our mortal nature
Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 9.
    Truths that wake,
To perish never.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 9.
        Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
    Which brought us hither.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 9.
    Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 10.
    In years that bring the philosophic mind.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 10.
    The clouds that gather round the setting sun
Do take a sober colouring from an eye
That hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 11.
    To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
          Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 11.
    Two voices are there: one is of the sea,
One of the mountains,—each a mighty voice.
          Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland.
    Earth helped him with the cry of blood. 1
          Song at the Feast of Broughton Castle.
    The silence that is in the starry sky.
Note 1.
This line is from Sir John Beaumont’s “Battle of Bosworth Field.” [back]