William Wordsworth
Wordsworth (in an 1873 reproduction of an 1839 watercolor by Margaret Gillies)

The Sparrow’s Nest
by William Wordsworth
[composed in 1801, published in 1807]



Behold, within the leafy shade,
Those bright blue eggs together laid!
On me the chance-discovered sight 
Gleamed like a vision of delight.
I started–seeming to espy
The home and sheltered bed,
The Sparrow’s dwelling, which, hard by
My Father’s house, in wet or dry,
My Sister Emmeline and I
     Together visited.

She looked at it and seemed to fear it; 
Dreading, tho’ wishing, to be near it:
Such heart was in her, being then
A little Prattler among men.
The Blessing of my later years
Was with me when a boy:
She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble care, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
     And love, and thought, and joy.




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