Lyrical Ballads

Twenty-three poems that transformed English poetry

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About


Wordsworth and Coleridge composed this powerful selection of poetry during their youthful and intimate friendship. Reproducing the first edition of 1798, this edition of Lyrical Ballads allows modern readers to recapture the book’s original impact. In these poems—including Wordsworth’s “Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey” and Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere”—the two poets exercised new energies and opened up new themes.


Poems included in Volume 2

  • Expostulation and Reply
  • The Tables Turned; an Evening Scene, on the Same Subject
  • Old Man Traveling; Animal Tranquility and Decay, a Sketch
  • The Complaint of a forsaken Indian Woman
  • The Last of the Flock
  • Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite
  • The Foster-Mother's Tale↑
  • Goody Blake and Harry Gill
  • The Thorn
  • We are Seven
  • Anecdote for Fathers
  • Lines written at a small distance from my House and sent me by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed
  • The Female Vagrant
  • The Dungeon↑
  • Simon Lee, the old Huntsman
  • Lines written in early Spring
  • The Nightingale, written in April, 1798.
  • Lines written when sailing in a Boat at Evening
  • written near Richmond, upon the Thames
  • The Idiot Boy
  • Love↑
  • The Mad Mother
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner↑


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Poems included in Volume 2

  • Hart-leap Well
  • There was a Boy, &c
  • The Brothers, a Pastoral Poem
  • Ellen Irwin, or the Braes of Kirtle
  • Strange fits of passion have I known, &c.
  • Song
  • She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways
  • A slumber did my spirit seal, &c
  • The Waterfall and the Eglantine
  • The Oak and the Broom, a Pastoral
  • Lucy Gray
  • The Idle Shepherd-Boys or Dungeon-Gill Force, a Pastoral
  • 'Tis said that some have died for love, &c.
  • Poor Susan
  • Inscription for the Spot where the Hermitage stood on St. Herbert's Island, Derwent-Water
  • Inscription for the House (an Out-house) on the Island at Grasmere
  • To a Sexton
  • Andrew Jones
  • The two Thieves, or the last stage of Avarice
  • A whirl-blast from behind the Hill, &c.
  • Song for the wandering Jew
  • Ruth
  • Lines written with a Slate-Pencil upon a Stone, &c.
  • Lines written on a Tablet in a School
  • The two April Mornings
  • The Fountain, a conversation
  • Nutting
  • Three years she grew in sun and shower, &c.
  • The Pet-Lamb, a Pastoral
  • Written in Germany on one of the coldest days of the century
  • The Childless Father
  • The Old Cumberland Beggar, a Description
  • Rural Architecture
  • A Poet's Epitaph
  • A Character
  • A Fragment
  • Poems on the Naming of Places,
  • Michael, a Pastoral