Wordsworth's "Prelude" as a study of education

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H. Marshall & son, 1809 - 73 pages
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Page 42 - Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows Like harmony in music; there is a dark Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles Discordant elements, makes them cling together In one society. How strange that all The terrors, pains, and early miseries, Regrets, vexations, lassitudes interfused Within my mind, should e'er have borne a part, And that a needful part, in making up The calm existence that is mine when I Am worthy of myself!
Page 55 - To manage books, and things, and make them act On infant minds as surely as the sun Deals with a flower ; the keepers of our time, The guides and wardens of our faculties, Sages who in their prescience would control All accidents, and to the very road Which they have fashioned would confine us down, Like engines...
Page 40 - I seemed about this time to gain clear sight Of a new world — a world, too, that was fit To be transmitted, and to other eyes Made visible ; as ruled by those fixed laws Whence spiritual dignity originates, Which do both give it being and maintain A balance, an ennobling interchange Of action from without and from within ; The excellence, pure function, and best power Both of the object seen, and eye that sees.
Page 59 - Impostors, drivellers, dotards, as the ape Philosophy will call you : then we feel With what and how great might ye are in league, Who make our wish, our power, our thought a deed, An empire, a possession, — ye whom time And seasons serve; all Faculties to whom Earth crouches, the elements are potter's clay, Space like a heaven filled up with northern lights, Here, nowhere, there, and everywhere at once.
Page 19 - Our childhood sits, Our simple childhood, sits upon a throne That hath more power than all the elements. I guess not what this tells of Being past, Nor what it augurs of the life to come...
Page 58 - Of Fortunatus, and the invisible coat Of Jack the Giant-killer, Robin Hood, And Sabra in the forest with St. George ! The child, whose love is here, at least, doth reap One precious gain, that he forgets himself.
Page 55 - Who, with a broad highway, have overbridged The froward chaos of futurity, Tamed to their bidding ; they who have the skill To manage books, and things, and make them act On infant minds as surely as the sun Deals with a flower ; the keepers of our time, The guides and wardens of our faculties, Sages who in their prescience would control...
Page 55 - All accidents, and to the very road Which they have fashioned would confine us down, Like engines; when will their presumption learn, That in the unreasoning progress of the world A wiser spirit is at work for us, A better eye than theirs, most prodigal Of blessings, and most studious of our good, Even in what seem our most unfruitful hours?
Page 56 - Fierce, moody, patient, venturous, modest, shy ; Mad at their sports like withered leaves in winds; Though doing wrong and suffering, and full oft Bending beneath our life's mysterious weight Of pain, and...
Page 40 - I had known Too forcibly, too early in my life, Visitings of imaginative power For this to last : I shook the habit off Entirely, and for ever, and again In Nature's presence stood, as now I stand, A sensitive being, a,. creative soul.

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