"If Lucy should be dead!"
Typical of the ballads of Wordsworth that have been examined in the Review, "Strange fits of passion have I known" is presented in rhyming iambic tetrameter with a foot omitted from every even line for emphasis. This particular ballad is not Wordsworth's strongest work. He describes his lover as "fresh as a rose in June" and then proceeds to rhyme "June" with "moon." Even in Wordsworth's day, such turns of phrase would have been considered to be tired clichés.