William Wordsworth

Ernest De Selincourt and Chester L. Shaver (eds), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 1: The Early Years: 1787–1805 (Second Revised Edition)

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134. W. W. to MESSRS. BIGGS and COTTLE

  • Address: Messrs Biggs and Cottle | Printers | St Augustine's Back | Bristol
  • Stamp: Kendal.
  • MS. Yale Univ. Lib. White(—), 35. CL(—), i. 594.

[Grasmere, mid-July 1800]1

[S. T. C. writes]

20th poem—The ideot Boy. p. 163. line the first—for "Good Betty go, good Betty go ["] print "Nay, Betty, go! Good Betty, go!"

22. The Mad Mother. Exactly as in the printed Copy, except that, a comma must be substituted for the semicolon after "for me;" in the last line but one of p. 144.

24. Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey, on revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798 p. 202. line 13. Omit this whole line

"And the low Copses—coming from the Trees"

p. 204. last line but two. Be careful that the last word of this line be printed "woods" and not "wood", as in some of the copies.

p. 206. last line. Instead of "Not harsh nor grating," print "Nor harsh nor grating,".

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Editor’s Note
1 This extract, entirely in S. T. C.'s hand, contains further directions to the printers. Again only the changes to be made in W. W.'s poems are reproduced.
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