Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife

Their sober wishes never learn’d to stray ; Along the cool sequester’d vale of life

They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

Yet e'en these bones from insult to protect

Some frail memorial still erected nigh, With uncouth rhymes and shapeless sculpture

deck'd, Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.

Their name, their years, spelt by th’ unletter'd

The place of fame and elegy supply:
And many a holy text around she strews

That teach the rustic moralist to die.

For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey,

This pleasing anxious being e'er resign’d, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,

Nor cast one longing lingering look behind ?

On some fond breast the parting soul relies,

Some pious drops the closing eye requires; E'en from the tomb the voice of Nature cries,

E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.

For thee, who, mindful of th' unhonor'd dead,

Dost in these lines their artless tale relate, If chance, by lonely Contemplation led,

Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate,

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Haply some hoary-headed swain may say,

Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn Brushing with hasty steps the dews away,

To meet the sun upon the upland lawn;

· There at the foot of yonder nodding beech

That wreathes its old fantastic roots so high, His listless length at noontide would he stretch,

And pore upon the brook that babbles by.

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Hard by yon wood, now smiling as in scorn,

Muttering his wayward fancies he would rove; Now drooping, woeful-wan, like one forlorn,

Or crazed with care, or cross'd in hopeless love.

“One morn I miss'd him on the 'custom'd hill,

Along the heath, and near his favorite tree; Another came, nor yet beside the rill,

Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he;

“ The next with dirges due in sad array Slow through the churchway path we saw him

borne; Approach and read (for thou canst read) the lay

Graved on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.”


Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth;

A youth, to fortune and to fame unknown; Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,

And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Large was his bounty, and his soul sincere ;

Heaven did a recompense as largely send : He gave to Misery all he had,

-a tear, He gain’d from Heaven—'twas all he wish’d—a


No farther seek his merits to disclose,

Or draw his frailties from their dread abode, (There they alike in trembling hope repose)

The bosom of his Father and his God.



WHEN you forget the beauty of the scene


draw breath and sleep, Leave city walls for gleams of sky that lean

To hills where forests creep.

The heights, the fields, the wide-winged air

Make the embracing day;
Not city streets. That little life of care

Steals our great joys away.

Live with the spaces, wake with bird and cloud,

Spread sentient with the elm;
Our home is nature, even to the proud

Arcs of the sunset's realm.

Then say the scene God made is glorious !

Breathe deep and smile again.
The glow and noble dusks, victorious,
Disperse regrets and pain.



The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers :
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This sea that bares her bosom to the moon ;
The winds that will be howling at all hours
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I'd rather be
A pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn,
Have sight of Proteus coming from the sea,
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.



Sept. 3, 1802.

EARTH has not anything to show more fair :
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty :
This city now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendor vailey, rock, or hill;

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will :
Dear God! the very houses, seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

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Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky,
Sweet dews shall weep thy fall to-night,

For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave,
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye,
Thy root is ever in its grave,

And thou must die.

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie,
My music shows you have your closes,

And all must die.

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