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Poem by William Wordsworth


Monument of Mrs. Howard


In Wetheral Church, near Corby, on the Banks of the Eden

STRETCHED on the dying mothers lap lies dead
Her new-born babe; dire ending of bright hope!
But sculpture here, with the divinest scope
Of luminous faith, heavenward hath raised that head
So patiently; and through one hand has spread
A touch so tender for the insensate child,
(Earths lingering love to parting reconciled,
Brief parting, for the spirit is all but fled,)
That we, who contemplate the turns of life
Through this still medium, are consoled and cheered;
Feel with the mother, think the severed wife
Is less to be lamented than revered;
And own that art, triumphant over strife
And pain, hath powers to eternity endeared.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Monastery of Old Bangor
  2. To the Lady Eleanor Butler and the Hon. Miss Ponsonby
  3. Mona
  4. Miserrimus
  5. The Brownie


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