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Poem by William Wordsworth


Miserrimus


A Gravestone upon the Floor 
in the Cloisters of Worcester Cathedral

MISERRIMUS! and neither name nor date,
Prayer, text, or symbol, graven upon the stone;
Naught but that word assigned to the unknown,
That solitary word,to separate
From all, and cast a cloud around the fate
Of him who lies beneath. Most wretched one,
Who chose his epitaph?Himself alone
Could thus have dared the grave to agitate,
And claim among the dead this awful crown;
Nor doubt that he marked also for his own
Close to these cloistral steps a burial-place,
That every foot might fall with heavier tread,
Trampling upon his vileness. Stranger, pass
Softly!To save the contrite, Jesus bled.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Yarrow Revisited
  2. Roman Antiquities
  3. Inscription Intended for a Stone in the Grounds of Rydal Mount
  4. Monastery of Old Bangor
  5. On Revisiting Dunolly Castle


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