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Poem by William Wordsworth

Bothwell Castle

Passed Unseen, on Account of Stormy Weather

IMMURED in Bothwells towers, at times the brave
(So beautiful is Clyde) forgot to mourn
The liberty they lost at Bannockburn.
Once on those steeps I roamed at large, and have
In mind the landscape, as if still in sight;
The river glides, the woods before me wave;
Then why repine that now in vain I crave
Needless renewal of an old delight?
Better to thank a dear and long-past day
For joy its sunny hours were free to give
Than blame the present, that our wish hath crossed.
Memory, like sleep, hath powers which dreams obey,
Dreams, vivid dreams, that are not fugitive:
How little that she cherishes is lost!

William Wordsworth

Poem Theme: Castles

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. For the Spot Where the Hermitage Stood on St. Herberts Island, Derwent Water
  2. The Brownie
  3. The Wishing-gate
  4. Suggested at Tyndrum in a Storm
  5. Tynwald Hill

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