William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

A Night-Piece


------The sky is overcast
With a continuous cloud of texture close,
Heavy and wan, all whitened by the Moon,
Which through that veil is indistinctly seen,
A dull, contracted circle, yielding light
So feebly spread, that not a shadow falls,
Chequering the ground--from rock, plant, tree, or tower.
At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam
Startles the pensive traveller while he treads
His lonesome path, with unobserving eye
Bent earthwards; he looks up--the clouds are split
Asunder,--and above his head he sees
The clear Moon, and the glory of the heavens.
There, in a black-blue vault she sails along,
Followed by multitudes of stars, that, small
And sharp, and bright, along the dark abyss
Drive as she drives: how fast they wheel away,
Yet vanish not!--the wind is in the tree,
But they are silent;--still they roll along
Immeasurably distant; and the vault,
Built round by those white clouds, enormous clouds,
Still deepens its unfathomable depth.
At length the Vision closes; and the mind,
Not undisturbed by the delight it feels,
Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,
Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Devesh Pandey (5/17/2014 6:56:00 AM)

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay;
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/17/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    sky an interesting subject which relates to nature and much written by the great poet in several other poems and his poems are more accurate while taking subject of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Tiffany Brodi (10/14/2012 10:54:00 PM)

    this poem was too long so i didn't read it
    any recommendations of GOOD poems? ?

    of course not, nothing like that actually EXISTS! ! (Report) Reply

  • p.a. noushad (6/13/2008 8:07:00 AM)

    he nerrates the beauty of nature and tells us how nature can inspires us.beautiful. (Report) Reply

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