William Wordsworth

On her first ascent to the summit of Helvellyn.

Inmate of a mountain dwelling,
Thou hast clomb aloft, and gazed
From the watch-towers of Helvellyn;
Awed, delighted, and amazed!

Potent was the spell that bound thee,
Not unwilling to obey;
For blue Ether's arms flung round thee,
Stilled the pantings of dismay.

Lo the dwindled woods and meadows!
What a vast abyss is there!
Lo the clouds, the solemn shadows,
And the glistenings,—heavenly fair!

And a record of commotion
Which a thousand ridges yield;
Ridge and gulf and distant ocean
Gleaming like a silver shield!

Now take flight; possess, inherit
Alps or Andes,—they are thine!
With the morning's roseate spirit.
Sweep their length of snowy line;

Or survey their bright dominions
In the gorgeous colours drest
Flung from off the purple pinions
Evening spreads throughout the west!

Thine are all the coral fountains
Warbling in each spany vault
Of the untrodden lunar mountains;
Listen to their songs!—or halt,

To Niphates' top invited,
Whither spiteful Satan steered;
Or descend where the ark alighted,
When the green earth reappeared;—

For the power of hills is on thee,
As was witnessed through thine eye
Then, when old Helvellyn won thee
To confess their majesty!

Is there any part of the Lake District that William Wordsworth did not write about? But then the peak of Helvellyn is quite impressive and Wordsworth was not the only poet inspired. Others include Wordsworth's friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sir Walter Scott and Bryan Waller Procter.

Main Location:

Helvellyn, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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