Lucy Poems: I Travelled Among Unknown Men - Summary

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I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea;
Nor, England ! did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
Tis past, that melancholy dream!
Nor will I quit thy shore
A second time; for still I seem
To love thee more and more.
Among thy mountains did I feel
The joy of my desire;
And she I cherished turned her wheel
Beside an English fire.
Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,
The bowers here Lucky played;
And thing too is the last green field
That Lucy’s eyes surveyed.


      The genesis of the poems I Travelled Among Unknown Men, remains a mystery. This group of exquisite lyrics, written early in 1799, belongs to the Goslar period. Wordsworth has traveled on the continent among unknown men but once he declared he would never again leave England, not on account of love for England itself but because it was the home of Lucy, the country where she turned her spinning wheel in the cottage, the last green country that her eyes beheld.

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