I am aware that there are those who have no time for these sorts of passages in Wordsworth. I am not out to convince anyone to change their opinion. As for me, passages such as this are what keep me coming back to Wordsworth's long narrative poems. I confess that I avoided the poems for years. And I will not deny that they can at times be prolix and tedious. But then I arrive at lines like these, and the effort is rewarded.