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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
William Wordsworth
 
        [An English poet; born at Cockermouth, April 7, 1770; educated at Cambridge; began his literary career, 1793; settled at Grasmere, 1799; wrote “The Prelude,” 1805; moved to Rydal Mount, 1813; published “The Excursion,” 1814; appointed distributor of stamps, 1813; succeeded Southey as poet-laureate, 1843; died April 23, 1850.]
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Poetry is only the eloquence and enthusiasm of religion.
          “The true poet,” he said, “ascends to receive knowledge; he descends to impart it.”
  He remarked of “The Elegy in a Country Churchyard,” “It is almost the only instance where Gray deviated into nature.”
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I would not give up the mists that spiritualize our mountains for all the blue skies of Italy.
          “He who has Nature for his companion,” declared Wordsworth, “must in some sense be ennobled by the intercourse.”
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Truth takes no account of centuries.  4
 
How men undervalue the power of simplicity, but it is the real key to the heart.  5
 
 
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