William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Apr. 7, 1770 - Apr. 23, 1850


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.

1Collins's Ode on the death of Thomson, the last written, I believe, of the poems which were published during his lifetime. This Ode is also alluded to in the next stanza.


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