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There Was a Boy

By Wordsworth, William

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Title: There Was a Boy  
Author: Wordsworth, William
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: THERE was a Boy; ye knew him well, ye cliffs // And islands of Winander!-many a time, // At evening, when the earliest stars began // To move along the edges of the hills, // Rising or setting, would he stand alone, // Beneath the trees, or by the glimmering lake; // And there, with fingers interwoven, both hands // Pressed closely palm to palm and to his mouth // Uplifted, he, as through an instrument, // Blew mimic hootings to the silent owls, // That they might answer him.-And they would shout // Across the watery vale, and shout again, // Responsive to his call,-with quivering peals, // And long halloos, and screams, and echoes loud // Redoubled and redoubled; concourse wild // Of jocund din! And, when there came a pause // Of silence such as baffled his best skill: // Then, sometimes, in that silence, while he hung // Listening, a gentle shock of mild surprise // Has carried far into his heart the voice // Of mountain-torrents; or the visible scene // Would enter unawares into his mind // With all its solemn imagery, its rocks, // Its woods, and that uncertain heaven received // Into the bosom of the steady lake.


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