William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

A Night Thought - Poem by William Wordsworth

Lo! where the Moon along the sky
Sails with her happy destiny;
Oft is she hid from mortal eye
Or dimly seen,
But when the clouds asunder fly
How bright her mien!

Far different we--a froward race,
Thousands though rich in Fortune's grace
With cherished sullenness of pace
Their way pursue,
Ingrates who wear a smileless face
The whole year through.

If kindred humours e'er would make
My spirit droop for drooping's sake,
From Fancy following in thy wake,
Bright ship of heaven!
A counter impulse let me take
And be forgiven.

Comments about A Night Thought by William Wordsworth

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (3/31/2016 8:09:00 AM)

    An interesting poem celebrating nature.A good penmanship (Report) Reply

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  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (3/30/2016 12:49:00 PM)

    bright ship of heaven! moon poems remain my number one...I don't even know the reason for the obsession...so much that...

    on nightly bases,
    I am on-the- look-out
    for her light
    my night to brighten

    (from my poem One Moon, One Love)
    (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce (3/19/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Far different we- a froward race,
    Thousands though rich in Fortune's grace wonderful
    (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    Superb and captivating poem as also the imagery presenting nature's manifestations in it. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/18/2016 6:42:00 PM)

    The first 6 lines made my spirits rise just because. Must have been the rhythm of the thing. Wordswoth often has an effect on my moods. Even the next two stanzas and those froward ingrates can't sully my attitude (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/18/2016 1:33:00 PM)

    Superb...So well written,10 Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2016 10:13:00 AM)

    Ingrates who wear a smile less face .It is wonderful saying about humans when moon is so happy looking. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (3/18/2016 8:38:00 AM)

    Nature is far superior to humanity though ironically we were once a part of nature. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/18/2016 7:33:00 AM)

    A foward race! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (3/18/2016 1:20:00 AM)

    A nice comparison between Nature's beauty and man world lacking lustre despite prosperity by Wordsworth in this simple poem show the skill of creativity of the poet very well and wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (3/18/2016 1:10:00 AM)

    The moon also symbolizes innocence, which implies then that humankind is failing in that area as well. (Report) Reply

  • R.k.s. Yadav [ Rahee] (3/18/2016 12:50:00 AM)

    beautiful poem with the sublime feelings for the Nature- -ingrates who wear a smileless face and bright ship of heaven (Report) Reply

  • Kumudika Perera (8/30/2015 3:30:00 AM)

    Wordsworth finely portrays the beauty of nature and the dreariness of the mortal world. Sounds true to the core. (Report) Reply

  • (7/7/2015 1:05:00 PM)

    I rarely comment, but this poem is just breath taking (Report) Reply

  • (10/14/2014 7:18:00 PM)

    read 'How sweet it is...' too; and using 'froward' (Report) Reply

  • Ebi Robert (4/30/2014 9:55:00 AM)

    nice work.....................................! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Katherine Hunter (1/7/2013 8:58:00 AM)

    Be thankful for what you've got. I keep trying to remind myself that. (Report) Reply

  • Varun Tripathi (1/7/2013 1:06:00 AM)

    Awesome imagination! (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2012 5:53:00 PM)

    O' bright ship of heaven I wish to take a voyage on your beautiful vessel.. :) (Report) Reply

  • p.a. noushad (6/13/2008 8:09:00 AM)

    reflects the greatness of the nature. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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