That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture! Robert Browning
Dramatic Romances and Lyrics,'Home- Thoughts, from Abroad'.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man less, but nature more. Rochdale
^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 4, stanza178.
'Is there no more?' She cries.'All this to love, and rapture's due, Must we not paya debt to pleasure too?' JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
c.1672 'The Imperfect Enjoyment', l.22^4 (published1680).
Even so for me a vision sanctified The sway of death; long ere my eyes had seen Thy countenancethe still rapture of thy mien When thou, dear Sister! wert become death's bride: No trace of pain or languor could abide That changeage on thy brow was smoothedthy cold Wan cheek at once was privileged to unfold A loveliness to living youth denied. Oh! if within me hope should e'er decline, The lamp of faith, lost Friend! too faintly burn; The may that heaven-revealing smile of thine, The bright assurance, visibly return: And let my spirit in that power divine Rejoice, as, through that power, it ceased to mourn. William WordsworthSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
'November1836', complete poem (published1837).
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