She dwelt among the untrodden ways

William Wordsworth

 
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
   Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
   And very few to love:
   A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
   —Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
   She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;                                   
   But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!
 
Written in 1798. First printed in Lyrical Ballads (1800).

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