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

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William Wordsworth. (1770–1850) (continued)
    One in whom persuasion and belief
Had ripened into faith, and faith become
A passionate intuition.
          The Excursion.Book iv.
    Spires whose “silent finger points to heaven.” 1
          The Excursion.Book vi.
    Ah, what a warning for a thoughtless man,
Could field or grove, could any spot of earth,
Show to his eye an image of the pangs
Which it hath witnessed,—render back an echo
Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod!
          The Excursion.Book vi.
    And when the stream
Which overflowed the soul was passed away,
A consciousness remained that it had left
Deposited upon the silent shore
Of memory images and precious thoughts
That shall not die, and cannot be destroyed.
          The Excursion.Book vii.
    Wisdom married to immortal verse. 2
          The Excursion.Book vii.
    A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays
And confident to-morrows.
          The Excursion.Book vii.
    The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
The charities that soothe and heal and bless
Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers.
          The Excursion.Book ix.
    By happy chance we saw
A twofold image: on a grassy bank
A snow-white ram, and in the crystal flood
Another and the same! 3
          The Excursion.Book ix.
    The gods approve
The depth, and not the tumult, of the soul.
Note 1.
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, which, as they cannot be referred to any other object, point as with silent finger to the sky and stars.—Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Friend, No. 14. [back]
Note 2.
See Milton, Quotation 297. [back]
Note 3.
Another and the same.—Darwin: The Botanic Garden. [back]