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Poem Title:  After-thought

Poem Category:  Sonnets

Poet:  William Wordsworth

Poet Biography: 
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was witness to great social, political and artistic change and his experiences and attitudes are reflected in his poetry. Easily classified as a romantic his poems are much broader than that.

I thought of Thee, my partner and my guide,
As being past away.—Vain sympathies!
For, backward, Duddon! as I cast my eyes,
I see what was, and is, and will abide;
Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
The Form remains, the Function never dies;
While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
The elements, must vanish;—be it so!
Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower,
We feel that we are greater than we know.

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