Remembrance Of Collins
by William Wordsworth
Composed upon the Thames near Richmond.
Glide gently, thus for ever glide,
O Thames! that other bards may see
As lovely visions by thy side
As now, fair river! come to me.
O glide, fair stream! for ever so,
Thy quiet soul on all bestowing,
Till all our minds for ever flow
As thy deep waters now are flowing.
Vain thought! -- Yet be as now thou art,
That in thy waters may be seen
The image of a poet's heart,
How bright, how solemn, how serene!
Such as did once the Poet bless,
Who murmuring here a later 1 ditty,
Could find no refuge from distress
But in the milder grief of pity.
Now let us, as we float along,
For him suspend the dashing oar;
And pray that never child of song
May know that Poet's sorrows more.
How calm! how still! the only sound,
The dripping of the oar suspended!
-- The evening darkness gathers round
By virtue's holiest Powers attended.
Notes to the poem:
Written in 1789.
First published in 1798.
These stanzas were originally the last three in Lines Written While Sailing In A Boat At Evening.. See the notes to this piece.
Source:The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth
Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York