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1775 MAP OF COCKERMOUTH - 5 YEARS AFTER WORDSWORTH WAS BORN
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Cockermouth Castle formed an important part of William’s childhood memories, embodied in the poem here:

Address from the Spirit of Cockermouth Castle

THOU look’st upon me, and dost fondly think,

Poet!  That, stricken as both are by years,

We, differing once so much, are now Compeers,

Prepared, when each has stood his time, to sink

Into the dust.  Erewhile a sterner link

United us; when thou, in boyish play,

Entering my dungeon, didst become a prey

To soul-appalling darkness.  Not a blink

Of light was there; and thus did I, thy Tutor,

Make thy young thoughts acquainted with the grave;

While thou wert chasing the winged butterfly

Through my green courts; or climbing, a bold suitor,

Up to the flowers whose golden progeny

Still round my shattered brow in beauty wave.