13/04/2021     |     Literature

Composed upon Westminster Bridge

Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Written in 1802 by William Wordsworth, this sonnet celebrates the beauty of London’s skyline at dawn as viewed from the eponymous bridge. The poem is read here by London-based actor Scarlett Carter, in a film directed by Joshua Black with music from Patrick Dexter.

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