Spotlight Poetry – Composed upon Westminster Bridge – A poem by William Wordsworth

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The image is a semi-abstract painting of Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in London by the artist Colin Ruffell. The composition is imbued with subtle softly lit hues of gold and purple and supports William Wordsworth's poem
Composed upon Westminster Bridge.

Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Poem Attribution © William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge

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Painting Attribution © Colin Ruffell, Westminster Bridge, (Date Unstated)

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