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Poem by William Wordsworth

To the River Greta, near Keswick

GRETA, what fearful listening! when huge stones
Rumble along thy bed, block after block;
Or, whirling with reiterated shock,
Combat, while darkness aggravates the groans:
But if thou (like Cocytus from the moans
Heard on his rueful margin) thence wert named
The mourner, thy true nature was defamed,
And the habitual murmur that atones
For thy worst rage forgotten. Oft as Spring
Decks, on thy sinuous banks, her thousand thrones,
Seats of glad instinct and loves carolling,
The concert, for the happy, then may vie
With liveliest peals of birthday harmony;
To a grieved heart the notes are benisons.

William Wordsworth

Poem Theme: Rivers

William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone, Herefordshire
  2. In Sight of the Town of Cockermouth
  3. Stanzas
  4. For the Spot Where the Hermitage Stood on St. Herberts Island, Derwent Water
  5. The Glen of Loch Etive

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