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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Wordsworth
 
CLXXIV. "She was a Phantom of delight"
 
SHE was a Phantom of delight 
When first she gleam'd upon my sight; 
A lovely Apparition, sent 
To be a moment's ornament: 
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;         5
Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair; 
But all things else about her drawn 
From May-time and the cheerful dawn; 
A dancing shape, an image gay, 
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.  10
  
I saw her upon nearer view, 
A Spirit, yet a Woman too! 
Her household motions light and free, 
And steps of virgin liberty; 
A countenance in which did meet  15
Sweet records, promises as sweet; 
A creature not too bright or good 
For human nature's daily food, 
For transient sorrows, simple wiles, 
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.  20
  
And now I see with eye serene 
The very pulse of the machine; 
A being breathing thoughtful breath, 
A traveller between life and death: 
The reason firm, the temperate will,  25
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill; 
A perfect Woman, nobly plann'd 
To warn, to comfort, and command; 
And yet a Spirit still, and bright 
With something of an angel light.  30
 
 
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