"Surprised by Joy"

Explore the dual nature of happiness and grief in Wordsworth's "Surprised by Joy" with our in-depth literary lesson. Discover the poignant insights this poem offers.

"Surprised by Joy"
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Surprised by joy - impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport -- Oh! with whom But thee, deep buried in the silent Tomb, That spot which no vicissitude can find? Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind --
But how could I forget thee?--Through what power, Even for the least division of an hour, Have I been so beguiled as to be blind To my most grievous loss?
-- That thought's return Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore, Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn, Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more; That neither present time, nor years unborn Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

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William Wordsworth Collection