“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;-
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.”
William Wordsworth [1770-1850]
Ode. Intimations of Immortality. Recollections of Early Childhood. Stanza 1.
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett.
Published by Little, Brown and Company, 1955.