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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
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 blessed Bird! the earth we pace
Again appears to be        30
An unsubstantial, faery place:
That is fit home for Thee!
(1804.)    
 
 
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