A Sonnet

Original Text: 
J. K. Stephen, Lapsus Calami (Cambridge: Macmillan and Bowes, 1891), p. 83. PR 5473 S4L3 1891 Robarts Library.
1Two voices are there: one is of the deep;
2It learns the storm-cloud's thunderous melody,
3Now roars, now murmurs with the changing sea,
4Now bird-like pipes, now closes soft in sleep:
5And one is of an old half-witted sheep
6Which bleats articulate monotony,
7And indicates that two and one are three,
8That grass is green, lakes damp, and mountains steep:
10Forth from the heart of thy melodious rhymes,
11The form and pressure of high thoughts will burst:
12At other times -- good Lord! I'd rather be
13Quite unacquainted with the A.B.C.
14Than write such hopeless rubbish as thy worst.


9] William Wordsworth (1770-1850). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Granta (June 1891)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.