A Sketch

William Wordsworth 1770 (Wordsworth House) – 1850 (Cumberland)



The little hedgerow birds,
That peck along the road, regard him not.
He travels on, and in his face, his step,
His gait, is one expression; every limb,
His look and bending figure, all bespeak
A man who does not move with pain, but moves
With thought. -He is insensibly subdued
To settled quiet: he is one by whom
All effort seems forgotten; one to whom
Long patience hath such mild composure given
That patience now doth seem a thing of which
He hath no need. He is by nature led
To peace so perfect, that the young behold
With envy what the Old Man hardly feels.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABCDEFGHHIJKLM
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 559
Words 109
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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