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nearly FREE EBOOK FRIDAY (William Wordsworth)

December 11, 2015

800px-Benjamin_Robert_Haydon_002The last time I read any Wordsworth was under the compulsion of High School literature.  As you might expect, my appreciation for the poet was rather lacking at the time.

However, I recently was reading a quote by W.R.  Inge where he referenced a poem by William Wordsworth.  A quick Google search later and I had re-discovered a treasure.  I have been thoroughly enjoying the poem Intimations of Immortality.   I particularly like this section of the poem:


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
 But trailing clouds of glory do we come
 From God, who is our home:
 Heaven lies about us in our infancy! 
 Shades of the prison-house begin to close 
 Upon the growing Boy,
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy;
The Youth, who daily farther from the east
Must travel, still is Nature’s priest,
And by the vision splendid
Is on his way attended;
At length the Man perceives it die away,
And fade into the light of common day…
~ William Wordsworth

I haven’t gotten too far into Wordsworth but I found The Complete Works of William Wordsworth for $0.99.  It is not free but fairly close.  At this price, I downloaded it to my Kindle for a time that will allow me to merely appreciate without educational compulsion.

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