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Surprised By Joy
by William Wordsworth

Surprised by joy -impatient as the wind
I turned to share the transport -Oh! with whom
But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind -
But how could I forget thee? Through what power,
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss? -That thought's return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn,
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

"This was in fact suggested by my daughter Catherine, long after her death" - Wordsworth. Catharine Wordsworth died June 4, 1812, at the age of 4. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2, pg 161.

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