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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

COMPOSED AT RYDAL ON MAY MORNING, 1838

This and the sonnet entitled "The Pillar of Trajan," p. 652, were composed on what we call the "Far Terrace" at Rydal Mount, where I have murmured out many thousands of verses.

IF with old love of you, dear Hills! I share
New love of many a rival image brought
From far, forgive the wanderings of my thought:
Nor art thou wronged, sweet May! when I compare
Thy present birth-morn with thy last, so fair,
So rich to me in favours. For my lot
Then was, within the famed Egerian Grot
To sit and muse, fanned by its dewy air
Mingling with thy soft breath! That morning too,
Warblers I heard their joy unbosoming
Amid the sunny, shadowy, Colyseum;
Heard them, unchecked by aught of saddening hue,
For victories there won by flower-crowned Spring,
Chant in full choir their innocent Te Deum.