William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Apr. 7, 1770 - Apr. 23, 1850


On The Banks Of A Rocky Stream

by William Wordsworth

Behold an emblem of our human mind
Crowded with thoughts that need a settled home,
Yet, like to eddying balls of foam
Within this whirlpool, they each other chase
Round and round, and neither find
An outlet nor a resting-place!
Stranger, if such disquietude be thine,
Fall on thy knees and sue for help divine.

Notes to the poem:

Written in 1846.
First published in 1849.


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