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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
To the Cuckoo
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
O BLITHE New-comer! I have heard,
I hear thee and rejoice.
O Cuckoo! shall I call thee Bird,
Or but a wandering Voice?
 
While I am lying on the grass        5
Thy twofold shout I hear;
From hill to hill it seems to pass,
At once far off, and near.
 
Though babbling only to the Vale,
Of sunshine and of flowers,        10
Thou bringest unto me a tale
Of visionary hours.
 
Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring!
Even yet thou art to me
No Bird, but an invisible Thing,        15
A Voice, a mystery;
 
The same whom in my School-boy days
I listened to; that Cry
Which made me look a thousand ways
In bush, and tree, and sky.        20
 
To seek thee did I often rove
Through woods and on the green;
And thou wert still a hope, a love;
Still longed for, never seen.
 
And I can listen to thee yet;        25
Can lie upon the plain
And listen, till I do beget
That golden time again.
 
O blessèd Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be        30
An unsubstantial, faery place;
That is fit home for Thee!
 
 
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