Five Beautiful Passages from ‘Tintern Abbey’

Today marks 223 years since William Wordsworth wrote the poem ‘Tintern Abbey.’ Here are five stunning passages from this magnificent poem for you to enjoy on the anniversary of its composition!

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Today marks 223 years since the Romantic writer William Wordsworth wrote his poem Tintern Abbey. The full title of this magnificent work is Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798. Tintern Abbey is actually an abbey located in Wales, but the specific structure is not mentioned in Wordsworth’s poem. Instead, Wordsworth focuses on the landscape surrounding the old ruins.



Here are five stunning passages from Tintern Abbey for you to enjoy on the anniversary of the poem’s composition!


  1. “Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
    And even the motion of our human blood
    Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
    In body, and become a living soul:
    While with an eye made quiet by the power
    Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
    We see into the life of things.”


2. “The picture of the mind revives again:
While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years.”




3. “And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man”


4.  “Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear,—both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise
In nature and the language of the sense
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.”


5. “For thou art with me here upon the banks
Of this fair river; thou my dearest Friend,
My dear, dear Friend; and in thy voice I catch
The language of my former heart, and read
My former pleasures in the shooting lights
Of thy wild eyes.”


You can read the full poem here.