Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VII. Descriptive: Narrative
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Great Writers
On a Portrait of Wordsworth
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
By B. R. Haydon

WORDSWORTH upon Helvellyn! Let the cloud
Ebb audibly along the mountain-wind,
Then break against the rock, and show behind
The lowland valleys floating up to crowd
The sense with beauty. He, with forehead bowed        5
And humble-lidded eyes, as one inclined
Before the sovran thought of his own mind,
And very meek with inspirations proud,—
Takes here his rightful place as poet-priest
By the high-altar, singing prayer and prayer        10
To the higher Heavens. A noble vision free,
Our Haydon’s hand hath flung out from the mist!
No portrait this, with Academic air,—
This is the poet and his poetry.
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