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Featured Poem: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth

Written by Rachael Norris, 20th July 2020
“Earth has not anything to show more fair.”
This week's #FeaturedPoem comes from actor and patron of The Reader, Claire Skinner. Claire reads Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth from part three of our Bread and Roses anthology which you can download here.
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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
by William Wordsworth

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