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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

JUNE 1820

FAME tells of groves--from England far away--
Groves that inspire the Nightingale to trill
And modulate, with subtle reach of skill
Elsewhere unmatched, her ever-varying lay;
Such bold report I venture to gainsay:
For I have heard the quire of Richmond hill
Chanting, with indefatigable bill,
Strains that recalled to mind a distant day;
When, haply under shade of that same wood,
And scarcely conscious of the dashing oars
Plied steadily between those willowy shores,
The sweet-souled Poet of the Seasons stood--
Listening, and listening long, in rapturous mood,
Ye heavenly Birds! to your Progenitors.

NOTE

2 Wallachia is the country alluded to.