Mason writes in Ourselves, “A thousand thoughts that burn come to us on the wings of verse; and, conceive how our lives would be impoverished were we to awake one day and find that the Psalms has disappeared from the world and from the thoughts of men!”

We see this idea alive and active in Mason’s own life as she penned her volumes weaved with poetry and wrote poetry herself. In all six volumes we will find the words of William Wordsworth aiding play, music, patience, thought, and remembrance to Mason’s ideas.

William Wordsworth was also a resident of the Lake District. His poetry wasn’t well received from some readers, such as T.S. Elliot, as they were leery of Wordsworth’s reliance on feelings. William believed poetry was “the spontaneous overflow of feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” His most popular works were the ‘Tintern Abbey’ and ‘The Prelude.’

Mason begins to give her readers a taste of Wordsworth, from his ‘Ode on Intimations of Immortality,’ in Home Education (p.11) as she asks us to humbly consider the child’s estate:

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

7Thou, whose exterior semblance doth belie Thy soul’s immensity;
Thou best philosopher, who yet dost keep
Thy heritage; thou eye among the blind,
That, deaf and silent, read’st the eternal deep,
Haunted for ever by the eternal mind—
Mighty Prophet! Seer blest!
On whom those truths do rest,
Which we are toiling all our lives to find
Thou, over whom thy immortality
Broods like the day, a master o’er a slave,
A presence which is not to be put by;
Thou little child, yet glorious in the might
Of heaven-born freedom, on thy being’s height”—
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A thousand thoughts that burn, indeed. 💚

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