'...I have seen
A curious child, who dwelt upon a track
Of inland ground, applying to its ear
The convolution of a smooth-lipped shell,
To which, in silence hushed, his very soul
Listened intensely, and his countenance
Brightened with joy, for from within soon were heard
Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed
Mysterious union with its native sea.
Even such a shell the universe itself
Is to the ear of faith...'
of the death of
at Rydal Mount on the
23rd of April 1850
This plaque was
placed here in the
The sesquipedalian plaque at the entrance to Rydal Mount, commemorating the 150th year since William Wordsworth's death.