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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
381. Written in Early Spring
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
I HEARD a thousand blended notes
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
 
To her fair works did Nature link        5
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What Man has made of Man.
 
Through primrose tufts, in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trail’d its wreaths;        10
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
 
The birds around me hopp’d and play’d,
Their thoughts I cannot measure,—
But the least motion which they made        15
It seem’d a thrill of pleasure.
 
The budding twigs spread out their fan
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.        20
 
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What Man has made of Man?
 

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