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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

In the silence of morning the song of the Bird.'Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her?

She seesA 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 on 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!

Form: aabb Composition Date:1798?1.

Date of composition uncertain, perhaps in the late summer of 1798 when Wordsworth was in London.

The streets mentioned are all in the City of London.

A fifth quatrain, beginning "Poor Outcast! return" was in the poem as first published, but was omitted after 1800.

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William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to laun...
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