In "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," what prayer does the speaker make? Whom is the prayer for?

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Among the many sentiments of the poem "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth, the poet expresses his wishes for his sister Dorothy as a prayer. He links this in with his general theme of his lifelong appreciation of and thankfulness to Nature, because this is a gift he enjoyed and shared with his sister Dorothy who felt the same way he did about the natural world, the plant and animal kingdom and the stunning wild landscape near where they lived. It moved them both to poetry and they were deeply thankful for their good fortune in this respect. Towards the end of the poem, he "offers up" a prayer for Dorothy. It concerns her old age and he hopes that her mind will still be a place for the beauty of vision and sound of Nature and that her memories of it would be a comfort to her as they are to him. He hopes that in the future the prayer will console her in sorrow or pain or separation and the impact her presence had on his appreciation of this setting.

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