Written in March

William Wordsworth

While resting on the Bridge at the Foot of Brother's Water.

    The cook is crowing,
    The stream is flowing,
    The small birds twitter,
    The lake doth glitter,
The green field sleeps in the sun;
    The oldest and youngest
    Are at work with the strongest;
    The cattle are grazing,
    Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!                       
    Like an army defeated
    The Snow hath retreated,
    And now doth fare ill
    On the top of the bare hill;
The Plough-boy is whooping--anon--anon:
    There's joy in the mountains;
    There's life in the fountains;
    Small clouds are sailing,
    Blue sky prevailing;
The rain is over and gone!                              

Main Location:

Brothers Water, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0