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Author Topic: Poetry. Does anyone know anything about this?  (Read 1506 times)

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Poetry. Does anyone know anything about this?
« on: 13 April, 2009, 11:00:06 PM »
Some years ago I read a poem which really impressed me, sadly I cant remember who wrote it, but would love to be able to find it again.
It  tells the story of a lady love who had never seen a glow worm, so he ( the author) spent hours gathering lots of them. He scattered them beneath her window and then attracted her attention so she would look out and see them.
It was a beautifully romantic poem. I wish I had paid more attention. I would be thrilled if someone could tell me the author and name of the poem so I can find it again.

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Re: Poetry. Does anyone know anything about this?
« Reply #1 on: 13 April, 2009, 11:04:18 PM »
The Glow-Worm by William Wordsworth, maybe. Although there's only one glow-worm.

Among all lovely things my Love had been;
Had noticed well the stars, allflowers that grew
About her home; but she had never seen
A Glow-worm, never one, and this I knew.

While riding near her home one stormy night
A single glow-worm did I chance to espy;
I gave a fervent welcome to the sight,
And from my horse I leapt; great joy had I.

Upon a leaf the glow-worm did I lay,
To bear it with me through the stormy night:
And, as before, it shone without dismay;
Albeit putting forth a fainter light.

When to the dwelling of my Love I came,
I went into the orchard quietly;
And left the glow-worm, blessing it by name,
Laid safely by itself, beneath a tree.

The whole next day, I hoped, and hoped with fear;
At night the glow-worm shone beneath the tree;
I led my Lucy to the spot, 'Look here,'
Oh! joy it was for her, and joy for me!

http://www.stvalentines.net/theglow-worm.htm

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Re: Poetry. Does anyone know anything about this?
« Reply #2 on: 14 April, 2009, 09:59:10 AM »
Fantastic - many thanks. I had thought it was Wordsworth, but then decided it was too cuddly and romantic for him! I am so pleased to see it, wish I could give you a gold star!!