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Poem by William Wordsworth


At the Head of Glencroe


DOUBLING and doubling with laborious walk,
Who that has gained at length the wished-for height,
This brief, this simple wayside call can slight,
And rests not thankful? Whether cheered by talk
With some loved friend, or by the unseen hawk
Whistling to clouds and sky-born streams, that shine
At the suns outbreak, as with light divine,
Ere they descend to nourish root and stalk
Of valley flowers. Nor, while the limbs repose,
Will we forget that, as the fowl can keep
Absolute stillness, poised aloft in air,
And fishes front, unmoved, the torrents sweep,
So may the soul, through powers that faith bestows,
Win rest and ease and peace, with bliss that angels share.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Harts-Horn Tree, near Penrith
  2. The Glen of Loch Etive
  3. The Wishing-gate
  4. Gordale
  5. To the River Greta, near Keswick


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