Sunday 17 April 2016


2016-16  William Wordsworth: "The Education of Nature": Lucy Poems

William Wordsworth [1770-1850]
William Wordsworth [1770-1850] 
British poet, credited with ushering in the English Romantic Movement with the publication of Lyrical Ballads(1798) in collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

"Three years she grew in sun and shower", also known as "The Education of Nature", was composed in 1798 by William Wordsworth, and published in the Lyrical Ballads. 

It is one of the five poems that make up the "Lucy Poems". We shall see below two of these.

The Education of Nature: Lucy Poems


Three years she grew in sun and shower,
Then Nature said, "A lovelier flower 
On earth was never sown;
This Child I to myself will take; 
She shall be mine, and
I will make 
A Lady of my own.
"Myself will to my darling be
Both law and impulse: and with me
The Girl, in rock and plain,
In earth and heaven, in glade and bower,
Shall feel an overseeing power
To kindle or restrain.

   "She shall be sportive as the fawn
   That wild with glee across the lawn
   Or up the mountain springs;
   And hers shall be the breathing balm,
   And hers the silence and the calm
   Of mute insensate things.

   "The floating clouds their state shall lend
   To her; for her the willow bend;
   Nor shall she fail to see
   Even in the motions of the Storm
   Grace that shall mould the Maiden's form
   By silent sympathy.

"The stars of midnight shall be dear
To her; and she shall lean her ear
In many a secret place
Where rivulets dance their wayward round,
And beauty born of murmuring sound
Shall pass into her face.

And vital feelings of delight
Shall rear her form to stately height,
Her virgin bosom swell;
Such thoughts to Lucy I will give
While she and I together live
Here in this happy dell."

     Thus Nature spake—The work was done—
     How soon my Lucy's race was run!
     She died, and left to me
     This heath, this calm and quiet scene;
     The memory of what has been,
     And never more will be.

YouTube Video: "Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower": [Click Here]


She dwelt among the untrodden ways
         Beside the springs of Dove,
    A Maid whom there were none to praise
         And very few to love:


        A violet by a mossy stone
              Half hidden from the eye!
       —Fair as a star, when only one
              Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
         When Lucy ceased to be;
    But she is in her grave, and, oh,
         The difference to me!

YouTube Video: "She dwelt among the untrodden ways": [Click Here]

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