1 December 2016

William Wordsworth in Grasmere, Cumbria (continued)


The memorial to William Wordsworth at the entrance to the village.


The Wordsworth memorial in St Oswald's church:

'TO THE MEMORY OF

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH,
A TRUE PHILOSOPHER AND POET,
WHO, BY THE SAME SPECIAL GIFT AND CALLING OF
ALMIGHTY GOD,
WHETHER HE DISCOURSED ON MAN OR NATURE,
FAILED NOT TO LIFT UP THE HEART
TO HOLY THINGS,
TIRED NOT OF MAINTAINING THE CAUSE
OF THE POOR AND SIMPLE;
AND SO, IN PERILOUS TIMES WAS RAISED UP
TO BE A CHIEF MINISTER,
NOT ONLY OF NOBLEST POESY,
BUT OF HIGH AND SACRED TRUTH.

THIS MEMORIAL
IS PLACED HERE BY HIS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS,
IN TESTIMONY OF
RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND GRATITUDE.
ANNO MDCCCLI.'

The Wordsworth daffodil garden, a tribute to the poet.

'For oft, when my couch I lie
In vacant of in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude:
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodil.
                             William Wordsworth'


'WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
1850
MARY WORDSWORTH
1859'

'DOROTHY WORDSWORTH
1855'

'DORA QUILLIAN
9TH DAY OF JULY
1847'

'EDWARD QUILLIAN
Born at Oporto, August 12th 1791.
Died at Loughbrigg Holme, July 8th 1851.'

'JOHN WORDSWORTH
BROTHER OF WILLIAM AND DOROTHY
"A SILENT POET", A "CHERISHED VISITANT"
AND LOVER OF THIS VALLEY. BORN 4 DEC:
1772, HE DIED AT HIS POST AS COMMANDER
OF THE EARL OF ABERGAVENNEY WHICH
WAS WRECKED IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
5 FEBRUARY 1805. HE WAS BURIED AT
WYKE REGIS.'

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