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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
‘Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known’
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
STRANGE fits of passion have I known:
And I will dare to tell,
But in the Lover’s ear alone,
What once to me befell.
 
When she I loved looked every day        5
Fresh as a rose in June,
I to her cottage bent my way,
Beneath the evening-moon.
 
Upon the moon I fixed my eye,
All over the wide lea;        10
With quickening pace my horse drew nigh
Those paths so dear to me.
 
And now we reached the orchard-plot;
And, as we climbed the hill,
The sinking moon to Lucy’s cot        15
Came near, and nearer still.
 
In one of those sweet dreams I slept,
Kind Nature’s gentlest boon!
And all the while my eyes I kept
On the descending moon.        20
 
My horse moved on; hoof after hoof
He raised, and never stopped:
When down behind the cottage roof,
At once, the bright moon dropped.
 
What fond and wayward thoughts will slide        25
Into a Lover’s head!—
‘O mercy!’ to myself I cried,
‘If Lucy should be dead!’
 
 
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