by William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

I travelled among unknown men
Language: English 
I travelled among unknown men, 
  In lands beyond the sea;
Nor England! did I know till then
  What love I bore to thee.

'Tis past, that melancholy dream!
  Nor will I quit [thy shore]1 
A second time, for still I seem
  To love thee more and more.

Among thy mountains did I feel
  The joy of my desire;
And she I cherished turned [her]2 wheel
  Beside an English fire.

Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,
  The bowers where Lucy played;
And thine [too is]3 the last green field
  That Lucy's eyes surveyed.

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1 Britten: "again"
2 Ives: "the"
3 Ives: "is too"


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