Friday, June 14, 2013

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

A View of Westminster Bridge, With Parts Adjacent as in the Year 1760, 1761, Samuel Scott (artist), Pierre Charles Canot (Engraver), Coloured Engraving, Government Art Collection, UK
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Gouache Drawing: Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church From Parliament Square, 1908, Tim J. MacDonald,  Museum of London, UK

by William Wordsworth

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