William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Apr. 7, 1770 - Apr. 23, 1850


Lines Written While Sailing In A Boat At Evening.

by William Wordsworth

How richly glows the water's breast
Before us, tinged with evening hues,
While, facing thus the crimson west,
The boat her silent course pursues!
And see how dark the backward stream!
A little moment past so smiling!
And still, perhaps, with faithless gleam,
Some other loiterers beguiling.

Such views the youthful Bard allure;
But, heedless of the following gloom,
He deems their colours shall endure
Till peace go with him to the tomb.
-- And let him nurse his fond deceit,
And what if he must die in sorrow!
Who would not cherish dreams so sweet,
Though grief and pain may come to-morrow?

Notes to the poem:

Written in 1789.
First published in 1798.

This title is scarcely correct. It was during a solitary walk on the banks of the Cam that I was first struck with this appearance, and applied it to my own feelings in the manner here expressed, changing the theme to the Thames near Windsor. This, and the three stanzas of the following poem, Remembrance Of Collins, formed one piece; but, upon the reccomendation of Coleridge, the three last stanzas were separated from the other.


The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth
Copyright 1888
Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York
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