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Dorothy Wordsworth

"The moonlight lay upon the hills like snow."

Dorothy Wordsworth, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"Scotland is the country above all others that I have seen, in which a man of imagination may carve out his own pleasures; there are so many inhabited solitudes."

Dorothy Wordsworth, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"Upon the highest ridge of that round hill covered with planted oaks, the shafts of the trees show in the light like the columns of a ruin."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1798, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"One only leaf upon the top of a tree -- the sole remaining leaf -- danced round and round like a rag blown by the wind."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1798, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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" I went through the fields, and sat for an hour afraid to pass a cow. The cow looked at me, and I looked at the cow, and whenever I stirred the cow gave over eating."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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" I never saw daffodils so beautiful. They grew among the mossy stones about and above them; some rested their heads upon these stones, as on a pillow, for weariness ... "

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"The moon had the old moon in her arms ... "

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"The columbine ... is a graceful slender creature, a female seeking retirement, and growing freest and most graceful where it is most alone. I observed that the more shaded plants were always the tallest."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"Mary first met us in the avenue. She looked so fat and well that we were made very happy by the sight of her ... "

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"... it is a pleasure to a real lover of Nature to give winter all the glory he can, for summer will make its own way, and speak its own praises."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"Blessings on that brother of mine!"

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"I found a strawberry blossom in a rock. The little slender flower had more courage than the green leaves, for they were but half expanded and half grown, but the blossom was spread full out. I uprooted it rashly, and I felt as if I had been committing an outrage, so I planted it again. It will have but a stormy life of it, but let it live if it can."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"Every question was like the snapping of a little thread about my heart."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"The moon shone like herrings in the water."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1800, in E. de Selincourt, Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (1941)

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"... I verily believe that I never took infant in my arms that did not the moment it was there by its cries beg to be removed."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1790, in Alan G. Hill, ed., The Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth (1967)

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" ... I think one of the dullest things in the world is a letter filled with apologies for not writing sooner."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1790, in Alan G. Hill, ed., The Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth (1967)

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"An injudicious and malignant enemy often serves the cause he means to injure; but a feeble friend never attains that end."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1790, in Alan G. Hill, ed., The Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth (1967)

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Dorothy Wordsworth, English diarist, poet
(1771 - 1855)