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Wordsworth, William - The Reverie of Poor Susan



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William Wordsworth – The Reverie of Poor Susan

At the corner of Wood Street, when daylight appears
Hangs a Thrush, that sings loud, it has sung for three years,
Poor Susan has passed by the spot and has heard
In the silence of morning the song of the bird

'Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her?  She sees
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees
Bright volumes of vapour through Lothbury glide
And a river flows on through the vale of Cheapside.

Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale
Down which she so often has tripped with her pail;
And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove's
The one only dwelling in earth that she loves.

She looks, and her heart is in heaven; but they fade
The mist and the river, the hill and the shade;
The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise
And the colours have all passed away from her eyes.

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Wordsworth, William

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