Observations placeholder

Wordsworth, William - The Reverie of Poor Susan

Identifier

001881

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

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.

The source of the experience

Wordsworth, William

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Spell

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Listening to music

Commonsteps

References