The Prelude
Updated: 2/24/2020
The Prelude

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  • ""Straight I unloosed her chain, and stepping in / Pushed her from the shore."
  • "...nor without the voice of mountain-echoes did my boat move on; leaving behind her still on either side, small circles glittering idly in the moon..."
  • "But now, like one who rows, Proud of his skill, to reach a chosen point with an unswerving line, I fixed my view upon the summit of a craggy ridge, The horizon's upmost boundary; far above was nothing but the stars and the grey sky. She was an elfin pinnace..."
  • "When, from behind that craggy steep till then the horizon's bound, a huge peak, black and huge, As if with voluntary power instinct, Upreared its head. I struck and struck and struck again, And growing in stature the grim shape Towered up between me and the stars, and still, For so it seemed, with purpose of its own And measured motion like a living thing strode after me."
  • "With trembling oars I turned , And through the silent water stole my way Back to the covert of the willow tree;..."
  • "And through the meadows homeward went, in grave And serious mood [...] O'er my thoughts there hung a darkness, call it solitude Or blank desertion. No familiar shapes remained, no pleasant images of trees, or sea or sky, no colours of green fields; But huge and mighty forms..."
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