1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

David Macbeth Moir, "Sonnet to Wordsworth" Blackwood's Magazine 8 (February 1821) 542.



Wordsworth, I envy thee, that from the strife
Far distant, and the turmoil of mankind,
Musing in solitude, thou keep'st thy mind
Most spotless, leading an unblemish'd life.
What have the bards of other realms and years
Fabled of innocence or golden age,
But, graven on the tablet of thy page,
And of thy life, in majesty appears?
What marvel that the men of cities, they,
Whose fate or choice compels them to endure
The sight of things unholy and impure,
Feel not the moonlight softness of thy lay?
But thou hast fought and conquer'd, and decay
Flies far from thee, whose great reward is sure!