Wordsworth's Sonnet

Wordsworth sonnets only differ from Byron by the Sestet. The Octave comprises of a progression of three rhymes a. b. b. a... a. c. c. a. but he uses an English sestet that uses a quatrain and a couplet, d. e. e. d...f. f.

. From the same. To the Supreme Being

The prayers I make will then be sweet indeed
If Thou the spirit give by which I pray:
My unassisted heart is barren clay,
Which of its native self can nothing feed:
Of good and pious works thou art the seed,
Which quickens only where thou say'st it may:
Unless thou shew to us thine own true way
No man can find it: Father! thou must lead.
Do Thou, then, breathe those thoughts into my mind
By which such virtue may in me be bred
That in thy holy footsteps I may tread;
The fetters of my tongue do Thou unbind,
That I may have the power to sing of thee,
And sound thy praises everlastingly.

William Wordsworth





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