Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey Questions and Answers
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What does the expression "unwearied in that service" mean as found in Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth?

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This phrase refers back to the preceding section, so it needs to be understood in context. The speaker has been talking about the joy he derives from nature, being in nature, and hearing the voice of the river, the "sylvan Wye," in every aspect of nature as he gazes upon it. The speaker also talks about the pureness with which children look upon and take joy in nature, and he wishes that he had not lost that fervor and zeal.

However, he describes himself still as "a worshipper of nature." This is where the phrase you have identified comes in. As a worshipper, the speaker has come to this spot, a few miles above Tintern Abbey, "unwearied in that service"—that is, still a dedicated worshipper of nature who has not become tired of serving nature in that way. The word "service" is carefully chosen, as it suggests a church service, where attendees would worship God without becoming tired of that devotion. In the same way, the speaker has been a longtime devotee of nature.

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William Wordsworth was inspired to write Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey after"a long absence" of five years from the banks of the river Wye of which he has pleasant memories and it makes him feel "tranquil restoration." These memories have enabled him to manage the challenges of life as "the heavy and the weary weight / Of all this unintelligible world, Is lightened."

Wordsworth admits to having a more enlightened and philosophical approach to life than he used to and he cherishes this opportunity to spend time with his sister as "we stood together."

The term "unwearied in that service" refers to a tradesman, for example, who is "in service;" in other words, regarding his occupation in which he remains content never becoming bored or dissatisfied. In this context, as "A worshipper of Nature," Wordsworth will remain "Unwearied in that service" as he will never tire of the beauty and wonder of nature. Even the absence of five years cannot reduce its beauty or the importance of the place in his  memory, made all the more exceptional by his sister's presence there . 

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