A SLUMBER DID MY SPIRIT SEAL
- A Slumber did my spirit seal;
- I had no human fears:
- She seemed a thing that could not feel
- The touch of earthly years
- No motion has she now, no force;
- She neither hears nor sees;
- Rolled round in earth's diurnal course,
- With rocks, and stones, and trees.
slumber = sonno; seal = sigillato/intorpidito
fears = paure/timori
She.....years: Wordsworth loved this woman so passionately he thought she was almost immortal.
now: The "now" of the second stanza situates the reverie of the first stanza firmly in the past; she "seeming" immortality is fleeting and now the poet realises that her condition as a "thing" is permanent.
neither hears nor sees: now she seemed a thing that could not feel. The status as an inanimate object arises concomitantly with the poet's dispelled slumber;
Rolled round = avvolta.
earth's diurnal course: the poet comes to realize the trajectory of "earth's diurnal course" through the transformation from life to death.
With...trees: the poet's consolation is, that the matter can be neither created nor destroyed, now she lives on with the rock, stones and trees.