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Poem by William Wordsworth


In the Channel, between the Coast of Cumberland and the Isle of Man

RANGING the heights of Scawfell or Black-comb,
In his lone course the shepherd oft will pause,
And strive to fathom the mysterious laws
By which the clouds, arrayed in light or gloom,
On Mona settle, and the shapes assume
Of all her peaks and ridges. What he draws
From sense, faith, reason, fancy, of the cause,
He will take with him to the silent tomb.
Or, by his fire, a child upon his knee,
Haply the untaught philosopher may speak
Of the strange sight, nor hide his theory
That satisfies the simple and the meek,
Blest in their pious ignorance, though weak
To cope with sages undevoutly free.

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. On Revisiting Dunolly Castle
  5. Roman Antiquities Discovered at Bishopstone, Herefordshire

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Mason Mona ("MONA on Snowdon calls")

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