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The towers, domes, theatres and temples of London

Monday, 7 October, 2013

Our blogging theme this week is the city, ancient and modern, with its towers, domes, theatres and temples. We’re kicking off with an urban sonnet by William Wordsworth describing London, viewed in the early morning.

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 — 23 April 1850)


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