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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
The Sparrow’s Nest
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
BEHOLD, within the leafy shade,
Those bright blue eggs together laid
On me the chance-discovered sight
Gleamed like a vision of delight.
  I started—seeming to espy        5
The home and sheltered bed,
The Sparrow’s dwelling, which, hard by
My father’s house, in wet or dry
My Sister Emmeline and I
    Together visited.        10
She looked at it and seemed to fear it;
Dreading, tho’ wishing to be near it:
Such heart was in her, being then
A little Prattler among men.
The Blessing of my later years        15
Was with me when a Boy:
She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble cares, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
And love, and thought, and joy.        20
 
 
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