Poems (Wordsworth, 1815)/Volume 2/Lines written in early spring

For other versions of this work, see Lines (Wordsworth, "I heard a thousand blended notes").

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LINES

WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING.

 


 

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.


To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.


Through primrose tufts, in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.


The birds around me hopped and played:
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.


The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.


If I these thoughts may not prevent,
If such be of my creed the plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?