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image of William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, portrait by Benjamin Haydon, 1842


Last night, I closed the day in silence. Setting aside my books and papers, a deep peace drew itself around me. Enveloped in its warmth, I marveled at how strange it is . . .

. . . . . . . . .”that all
The terrors, all the early miseries,
Regrets, vexations, lassitudes, that all
The thoughts and feelings which have been infused
Into my mind, should ever have made up
The calm existence that is mine when I
Am worthy of myself. Praise to the end!”

from The Prelude: Book 1: Childhood and School-time

By William Wordsworth