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Wednesday June 29, 2022

Poem: A Complaint

Isaac Levitan painting
Blest was I then all bliss above!

William Wordsworth was born on 7 April, 1770. He was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in English literature. ‘A Complaint’ was originally published in 1807 and is considered by many to be about his falling out with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 

A Complaint

There is a change—and I am poor;
Your love hath been, nor long ago,
A fountain at my fond heart’s door,
Whose only business was to flow;
And flow it did; not taking heed
Of its own bounty, or my need.

What happy moments did I count!
Blest was I then all bliss above!
Now, for that consecrated fount
Of murmuring, sparkling, living love,
What have I? shall I dare to tell?
A comfortless and hidden well.
A well of love—it may be deep—
I trust it is,—and never dry:
What matter? if the waters sleep
In silence and obscurity.
—Such change, and at the very door
Of my fond heart, hath made me poor.


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