Please can someone help me identify the meter of 'To Sleep' by Wordsworth (desperate)

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I think it's in iambic pentameter but how ever hard I try I struggle to identify meter. I have to do an analysis rather urgently so any help is sincerely appreciated.

412. To Sleep

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)


A FLOCK of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky;—

I’ve thought of all by turns, and still I lie 5
Sleepless; and soon the small birds’ melodies
Must hear, first utter’d from my orchard trees,
And the first cuckoo’s melancholy cry.

Even thus last night, and two nights more I lay,
And could not win thee, Sleep! by any stealth: 10
So do not let me wear to-night away:

Without Thee what is all the morning’s wealth?
Come, blesséd barrier between day and day,
Dear mother of fresh thoughts and joyous health!
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