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Poem by James Payn

Wordsworths Grave

THE ROTHAYS stream is running near,
Its voice is very glad and clear,
The voice that was to him so dear;
            But the poet doth not hear.

All around his dwelling rise,
With their gray heads in the skies,
The noble hills that made him wise;
            But he doth not ope his eyes.

From the little church the hum
Of his old friends prayers doth come,
As is most fit, unto his tomb;
            But the godlike lips are dumb.

What and if he deaf doth lie?
What and if he ope not eye?
If death that tuneful tongue doth tie?
            With God and us such neer can die.

James Payn

Poem Themes: William Wordsworth, Grasmere (England)

James Payn's other poems:
  1. Inverary
  2. The Watch-Tower of Duniquoich
  3. The Backs
  4. Heartholm
  5. Grasmere

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