The veil's removed, the gaudy, flimsy veil, That shrouded thy false heart, and now I see, With friendship pure, it never beat for me. Fool! that I was, to listen to the tale. Well, be it so—this pleasure must prevail, Though at thy falsehood much my heart has grieved, Thou canst not say, I e'er thy hopes deceived. This still my solace; should all others fail, What now remains of life I will employ In bliss less fragile; Nature's charms sublime, Her hills and woodlands wild, reechoing joy, Her blushing spring, and summer's flowery prime, Though winter for awhile her sweets destroy, They still return, on wings of faithful time.
Over the course of roughly fifty years, Wordsworth wrote well over 500 sonnets. His first published poem was a sonnet and his sonnet sequence The River Duddon was among the most successful and admired works he ever published. Many of his best sonnets appeared in Poems, In Two Volumes (1807). While Wordsworth evidently admired the sonnets of Charlotte Smith, Anna Seward, and Helen Maria Williams, his poetic allegiance lay most strongly with Milton.Wordsworth's prodigious output of sonnets demonstrates a remarkable variety of subjects and concerns, ranging from the political to the personal to the philosophical to the topographical. He succeeded Robert Southey as poet laureate in 1843.
She wept—Life's purple tide began to flow In languid streams through every thrilling vein; Dim were my swimming eyes—my pulse beat slow, And my full heart was swelled to dear delicious pain. Life left my loaded heart, and closing eye; A sigh recalled the wand'rer to my breast; Dear was the pulse of life, and dear the sigh That called the wand'rer home, and home to rest. That tear proclaims—in thee each virtue dwells, And bright will shine in misery's midnight hour; As the soft star of dewy evening tells What radiant fires were drowned by day's malignant power
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Publication information: Book title: A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850. Contributors: Paula R. Feldman - Editor, Daniel Robinson - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 111.
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