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1.William Blake (1757-1827) - from Songs of Innocence
2.William Blake (1757-1827) - from Songs of Experience
3.Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Frost at Midnight
4.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - from The Loves of the Plants
5.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - From The Botanic Garden
6.Erasmus Darwin (1731- 1802) - Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany-Bay
7.Sneyd Davies (1731-1802) - from A Voyage to Tintern Abbey
8.Gray - Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
9.Felicia Dorothea Hemans - Night-Blowing Flowers
10.Sir William Jones - from The Yarjurveda
11.William Mason (1724-1797) - from The English Garden, Book III
12.Gilbert White (1720-1793) - The Naturalist's Summer-Evening Walk
13.William Wordsworth - Lines Written in Early Spring
14.Wiliam Wordsworth - Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
15.Wiliam Wordsworth - Resolution and Independence

7. From "A Voyage to Tintern Abbey"
(written 1742; published 1745)

Sneyd Davies

THE crooked bank still winds to something new,
Oars, scarcely turned, diversify the view;
Of trees and stone an intermingled scene,
The shady precipice and rocky green.
Nature behold, to please and to surprise,
Swell into bastions, or in columns rise:
Here sinking spaces with dark boughs o'ergrown,
And there the naked quarries look a town.
At length our pilgrimage's home appears,
Tintern her venerable fabric rears, 10
While the sun, mildly glancing in decline,
With his last gilding beautifies the shrine:
Enter with reverence her hallowed gate,
And trace the glorious relics of her state;
The meeting arches, pillared walks admire,
Or, musing, hearken to the silenced choir.
Encircling groves diffuse a solemn grace,
And dimly fill th' historic window's place;
While pitying shrubs on the bare summit try
To give the roofless pile a canopy. 20
Here, O my friends, along the mossy dome
In pleasurable sadness let me roam:
Look back upon the world in haven safe,
Weep o'er its ruins, at its follies laugh.