1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

M. J. J., "To William Wordsworth, Esquire" Literary Magnet 4 (1825) 236.



A simple, solitary flower,
The nursling of its sportive hour,
A child may give its sire,—
And in the little act, will he—
Because he is a father — see
The passion and the purity
Of feeling's hidden fire.

O long unrecked of, and unseen,
Hast thou my spirit's father been
In pleasure and in sadness;—
For by the lamp, and on the shore,—
Hours have I mused thy musings o'er,
That ever on my heart could pour
Their own deep quiet gladness.

Then, take thou from my bosom's bower
This simple solitary flower,
Exalted as thou art:—
And by its trembling blossoms see,
That I would gladly offer thee
Now — and in days that are to be—
The homage of the heart!