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Written in March
William Wordsworth


The cock is crowing,
Clear DotThe stream is flowing,
Clear DotThe small birds twitter,
Clear DotThe lake doth glitter,
The green fields sleep in the sun;
Clear DotThe oldest and the youngest
Clear DotAre at work with the strongest;
Clear DotThe cattle are grazing,
Clear DotTheir heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!

Clear DotLike an army defeated
Clear DotThe snow has retreated,
Clear DotAnd now doth fare ill
Clear DotOn the top of the hill;
The plowboy is whooping---anon---anon---
Clear DotThere's joy in the mountains;
Clear DotThere's life in the fountains;
Clear DotSmall clouds are sailing
Clear DotBlue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!

This poem is in the public domain.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850) was a British Romantic poet. Though he suffered much tragedy in his personal life, he also enjoyed several deeply satisfying friendships, including ones with fellow poet Samuel Coleridge, and with his sister Dorothy, a writer in her own right. Wordsworth traveled extensively and was deeply influenced by his love of nature; both passions are evident in many of his poems. He lived much of his life in England’s beautiful Lake District, and served as Poet Laureate of England from 1843 until his death.


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It's easy to see in this short work why Wordsworth is a household name even today. Precise, effortless, complete.
Posted 03/30/2012 08:51 AM
I love William's work! Some of my best-loved and often-used quotations come from his poetry!
Posted 03/30/2012 08:05 AM

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