Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.

London Streets

Wood Street

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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 dove’s,

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!