There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can never express, yet cannot all conceal.

I don't understand the line "From these our interviews, in which I steal."

  • Seems to mean gather. May 2 at 14:50
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    It seems to me to mean steal away (using steal in the sense go stealthily). May 2 at 15:02
  • ... yes, almost guiltily withdraw from the business of normal life. May 2 at 15:04
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    Once you have looked at a good dictionary for the range of meanings the word 'steal', the interpretation is a matter of literary interpretation rather than on English Language Usage or semantics.
    – Tuffy
    May 2 at 16:22
  • @EdwinAshworth You have a dictionary definition, in the SOED, for instance (9. Depart or withdraw secretly or surreptitiously; go or come secretely or stealthily; […] ); Your comment is an answer.
    – LPH
    May 2 at 16:25

To steal can mean

to do something quickly or without being noticed:

Particularly the later in this case. He slips away from "From all I may be, or have been before,"

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