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Danish Boy, The: A Fragment Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 452

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Between two sister moorland rills

There is a spot that seems to lie

Sacred to flowerets of the hills,

And sacred to the sky.

And in this smooth and open dell

There is a tempest-stricken tree;

A corner-stone by lightning cut,

The last stone of a lonely hut;

And in this dell you see

A thing no storm can e'er destroy,

The shadow of a Danish Boy.


In clouds above, the lark is heard,

But drops not here to earth for rest;

Within this lonesome nook the bird

Did never build her nest.

No beast, no bird hath here his home;

Bees, wafted on the breezy air,

Pass high above those fragrant bells

To other flowers:--to other dells

Their burthens do they bear;

The Danish Boy walks here alone:

The lovely dell is all his own.


A Spirit of noon-day is he;

Yet seems a form of flesh and blood;

Nor piping shepherd shall he be,

Nor herd-boy of the wood.

A regal vest of fur he wears,

In colour like a raven's wing;

It fears not rain, nor wind, nor dew;

But in the storm 'tis fresh and blue

As budding pines in spring;

His helmet has a vernal grace,

Fresh as the bloom upon his face.


A harp is from his shoulder slung;

Resting the harp upon his knee,

To words of a forgotten tongue

He suits its melody.

Of flocks upon the neighbouring hill

He is the darling and the joy;

And often, when no cause appears,

The mountain-ponies prick their ears,

--They hear the Danish Boy,

While in the dell he sings alone

Beside the tree and corner-stone.


There sits he; in his face you spy

No trace of a ferocious air,

Nor ever was a cloudless sky

So steady or so fair.

The lovely Danish Boy is blest

And happy in his flowery cove:

From bloody deeds his thoughts are far;

And yet he warbles songs of war,

That seem like songs of love,

For calm and gentle is his mien;

Like a dead Boy he is serene.


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