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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
397. By the Sea
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
IT is a beauteous evening, calm and free;
The holy time is quiet as a nun
Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
 
The gentleness of heaven is on the Sea:        5
Listen! the mighty being is awake,
And doth with his eternal motion make
A sound like thunder—everlastingly.
 
Dear child! dear girl! that walkest with me here,
If thou appear untouch’d by solemn thought        10
Thy nature is not therefore less divine:
 
Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year,
And worship’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,
God being with thee when we know it not.
 

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