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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Sonnets: [The Throne of Death]
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
METHOUGHT I saw the footsteps of a throne
Which mists and vapours from mine eyes did shroud—
Nor view of who might sit thereon allowed;
But all the steps and ground about were strown
With sights the ruefullest that flesh and bone        5
Ever put on; a miserable crowd,
Sick, hale, old, young, who cried before that cloud,
‘Thou art our king, O Death! to thee we groan.’
Those steps I clomb; the mists before me gave
Smooth way: and I beheld the face of one        10
Sleeping alone within a mossy cave,
With her face up to heaven; that seemed to have
Pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone;
A lovely Beauty in a summer grave!
(1806?)    
 
 
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