To a Young Lady, who had been Reproached for taking Long Walks in the Country, by William Wordsworth

I am still traveling, but this poem caught my eye, so I thought I’d share it quickly. 

To a Young Lady, who had been Reproached for taking Long Walks in the Country

 

Dear Child of Nature, let them rail!

—There is a nest in a green dale,

A harbour and a hold;

Where thou, a Wife and Friend, shalt see

Thy own heart-stirring days, and be

A light to young and old.

 

There, healthy as a shepherd boy,

And treading among flowers of joy

Which at no season fade,

Thou, while thy babes around thee cling,

Shalt show us how divine a thing

A Woman may be made.

 

Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,

Nor leave thee, when grey hairs are nigh

A melancholy slave;

But an old age serene and bright,

And lovely as a Lapland night,

Shall lead thee to thy grave.

– William Wordsworth

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6 thoughts on “To a Young Lady, who had been Reproached for taking Long Walks in the Country, by William Wordsworth

  1. That poem might have been written with you in mind, if you had been born so long ago! Women’s lives were so restricted it’s a wonder they ever got to do anything but what was expected! A nice reminder that mostly things are different now, though some things remain, but we’re working on it, even the guys!

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