1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

Anonymous, "Sonnet to Wordsworth" Edinburgh Magazine NS 6 (June 1820) 504.



Wordsworth! thy song doth steal upon mine ear
Like a slow, solemn strain of harmony,
Lulling each wilder passion into rest,
Chasing away the mists of doubt and fear,
And, as my spirit doth contemplate thee
In thine own peace and purity so blest,
I glory in the nature that I bear,
And feel more proud of my humanity.
How many hours of true and fixed joy
Thy song hath wakened, what time I have sought,
To every happier influence resigned,
From the green earth and from the quiet sky,
To gain that calm and blessed mood of mind
That leads to deeper love and holier thought!