William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

A Complaint - Poem by William Wordsworth

There is a change--and I am poor;
Your love hath been, nor long ago,
A fountain at my fond heart's door,
Whose only business was to flow;
And flow it did; not taking heed
Of its own bounty, or my need.

What happy moments did I count!
Blest was I then all bliss above!
Now, for that consecrated fount
Of murmuring, sparkling, living love,
What have I? Shall I dare to tell?
A comfortless and hidden well.

A well of love--it may be deep--
I trust it is,--and never dry:
What matter? If the waters sleep
In silence and obscurity.
--Such change, and at the very door
Of my fond heart, hath made me poor.


Comments about A Complaint by William Wordsworth

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  • (12/12/2017 9:19:00 AM)


    nice poem I like this poem very good (Report) Reply

  • Zakir Hussain Haidary (1/10/2017 4:11:00 AM)


    spontaneous overflow (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (12/25/2014 12:13:00 AM)


    Though the love still exists it has surely lost the sparkle that it previously had when it sprang at the heart's door. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • (1/6/2014 9:27:00 PM)


    I love how he compares love as a fountain...then as a well...nice write... (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2013 10:20:00 AM)


    nice poem.i like this poem very much. (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (4/13/2013 2:08:00 PM)


    Love hinted at and hopefully received, enriching his senses. Then blowing cold. He is still hopeful but mixed with doubt and deep feeling of heartache and loss. No longer feeling the richness of the tingling a of shining new love. Thus feeling poor. Heartache and longing. (Report) Reply

  • (2/10/2012 8:11:00 PM)


    I love this poem. It is becoz most of the meanings of this poem are similar with my situation. Realistic William, classic output. (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Kim (10/14/2011 2:09:00 AM)


    Very funny poem! But it has a sad story for us, though. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Muzzammil (12/13/2010 7:52:00 PM)


    A nice poem that is rich in language along with expression and rhymes. I love it very much. (Report) Reply

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


    i feel we can consider him a champion of nature, colourful nerration. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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