William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

She Was A Phantom Of Delight - Poem by William Wordsworth

She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.

I saw her upon a nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveler between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warm, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright,
With something of angelic light.


Comments about She Was A Phantom Of Delight by William Wordsworth

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/22/2017 10:40:00 AM)


    Romantic poem.......... (Report) Reply

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  • (10/20/2005 10:09:00 PM)


    Beautiful Poem! I won't be surprised if Mr Wordsworth has had a Ph.D. in romance. Even a child would feel romantic after reading this poem. Romance with a pinch of Divinity! Great Write! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001


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