Sunday Inspiration 3.16.14 – Lines Written in Early Spring

Sunday Inspiration 3.16.14 – Lines Written in Early Spring

In his poem Lines Written in Early Spring, William Wordsworth, the author, finds a sadness while enjoying a natural setting. He wonders why amongst such beauty and harmony, whether it comes from God or from nature, that mankind has come to be in the state it has. Written in 1798, it sounds as if it could have been written today.


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I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
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The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:–
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

I find the poem inspiring, and also sad. Our gardens provide us a getaway from the world, one that we need from time to time. They are places that we hold special, that we retreat to to recharge our inner batteries. But, does that in turn mean that the poet is correct about that mankind needs to be lamented? I’d love to hear your thoughts about that message, and about your place to go to escape. Please leave a comment!