William Wordsworth’s “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802”

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
by William Wordsworth

Earth has not any thing to show more fair:

Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

A sight so touching in its majesty:

This City now doth, like a garment, wear

The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,

Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep

In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

And all that mighty heart is lying still!

William Wordsworth, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.” Shared with the Humanities Institute by Professor Elizabeth Cullingford, UT Department of English.

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