Reading “Elegiac Stanzas” in Dove Cottage

17475267_10211760186069244_152283026_oMonday March 13, 2017:
Later that night, Jeff led us to the sitting room, where we listened to Noor’s reading of “Elegiac Stanzas.” She sat in Wordsworth’s very own chair, by Sir George Beaumont’s painting of the Piel Castle, and we stood in the comfort of the candlelight, our silence gently disrupted by the steady tick-tock of Wordsworths’ grandfather clock.

“Farewell, farewell the heart that lives alone,
Housed in a dream, at distance from the Kind!
Such happiness, wherever it be known,
Is to be pitied; for ’tis surely blind.”
—”Elegiac Stanzas,” William Wordsworth

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