The Sun Has Long Been Set

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



The sun has long been set,
The stars are out by twos and threes,
The little birds are piping yet
Among the bushes and the trees;
There's a cuckoo, and one or two thrushes,
And a far-off wind that rushes,
And a sound of water that gushes,
And the cuckoo's sovereign cry
Fills all the hollow of the sky.
Who would go `parading'
In London, `and masquerading',
On such a night of June
With that beautiful soft half-moon,
And all these innocent blisses?
On such a night as this is!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Characters 470
Words 92
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 15

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