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William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
Born in 1770, William Wordsworth's most famous work, The Prelude, is often considered to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism...
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She dwelt among the untrodden ways

 
by 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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