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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
398. Upon Westminster Bridge
 
Sept. 3, 1802
 
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
 
EARTH has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear
 
The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,        5
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
 
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;        10
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
 
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
 

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