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


"I HEARD (ALAS! 'TWAS ONLY IN A DREAM)"

          I HEARD (alas! 'twas only in a dream)
          Strains--which, as sage Antiquity believed,
          By waking ears have sometimes been received
          Wafted adown the wind from lake or stream;
          A most melodious requiem, a supreme
          And perfect harmony of notes, achieved
          By a fair Swan on drowsy billows heaved,
          O'er which her pinions shed a silver gleam.
          For is she not the votary of Apollo?
          And knows she not, singing as he inspires,                  10
          That bliss awaits her which the ungenial Hollow
          Of the dull earth partakes not, nor desires?
          Mount, tuneful Bird, and join the immortal quires!
          She soared--and I awoke, struggling in vain to follow.
                                                              1819.


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