Verse > William Wordsworth > Complete Poetical Works
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


INSCRIPTIONS

FOR THE SPOT WHERE THE HERMITAGE STOOD ON ST. HERBERT'S ISLAND, DERWENTWATER.

      IF thou in the dear love of some one Friend
      Hast been so happy that thou know'st what thoughts
      Will sometimes in the happiness of love
      Make the heart sink, then wilt thou reverence
      This quiet spot; and, Stranger! not unmoved
      Wilt thou behold this shapeless heap of stones,
      The desolate ruins of St. Herbert's Cell.
      Here stood his threshold; here was spread the roof
      That sheltered him, a self-secluded Man,
      After long exercise in social cares                             10
      And offices humane, intent to adore
      The Deity, with undistracted mind,
      And meditate on everlasting things,
      In utter solitude.--But he had left
      A Fellow-labourer, whom the good Man loved
      As his own soul. And, when with eye upraised
      To heaven he knelt before the crucifix,
      While o'er the lake the cataract of Lodore
      Pealed to his orisons, and when he paced
      Along the beach of this small isle and thought                  20
      Of his Companion, he would pray that both
      (Now that their earthly duties were fulfilled)
      Might die in the same moment. Nor in vain
      So prayed he:--as our chronicles report,
      Though here the Hermit numbered his last day
      Far from St. Cuthbert his beloved Friend,
      Those holy Men both died in the same hour.
                                                               1800


CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors