Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
Earth has not anything to show more fair: (line 1)
Ah, so the speaker gives "earth" all the credit for the beauty of the scene. What about all the people who designed and built those towers and domes? Poor Christopher Wren. (Jeopardy points: Christopher Wren designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London).
like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; (lines 4-5)
Nature brings out the beauty in the landmarks of London. Interestingly, though, the effects of the light are compared to clothing, a product of human culture. It is hard to tell nature and culture apart.
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. (line 7-8)
These images give London an almost heavenly appearance, and certainly make the city seem less cramped and crowded. Nature is the vast frame that surrounds the scene on all sides.