To Wordsworth

 Poet of Nature, thou hast wept to know That things depart which never may return: Childhood and youth, friendship and love's first glow, Have fled like sweet dreams, leaving thee to mourn. These common woes I feel. One loss is mine  Which thou too feel'st, yet I alone deplore. Thou wert as a lone star, whose light did shine On some frail bark in winter's midnight roar: Thou hast like to a rock-built refuge stood Above the blind and battling multitude:  In honoured poverty thy voice did weave Songs consecrate to truth and liberty,- Deserting these, thou leavest me to grieve, Thus having been, that thou shouldst cease to be.