Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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  • 1Child of the clouds! remote from every taint
  • 2Of sordid industry thy lot is cast;
  • 3Thine are the honours of the lofty waste;
  • 4Not seldom, when with heat the valleys faint,
  • 5Thy handmaid Frost with spangled tissue quaint
  • 6Thy cradle decks;—to chant thy birth, thou hast
  • 7No meaner Poet than the whistling Blast,
  • 8And Desolation is thy Patron-saint!
  • Critical Apparatus9She guards thee, ruthless Power! who would not spare
  • 10Those mighty forests, once the bison's screen,
  • 11Where stalked the huge deer to his shaggy lair1
  • pg 247Critical Apparatus12Through paths and alleys roofed with darkest green;
  • 13Thousands of years before the silent air
  • 14Was pierced by whizzing shaft of hunter keen!

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Critical Apparatus
II. 9–14
  • Yet why no trace of those primaeval woods,
  • Haunts where the monstrous Bison couch'd unseen,
  • And huge Deer bounding on through twilight air
  • Traversed the sources of a thousand floods
  • Whose veil was rent by foes that did not spare
  • Castalian groves, nor bowers of Hippocrene.
Editor’s Note
1 The deer alluded to is the Leigh, a gigantic species long since extinct.
Critical Apparatus
12 darkest 1845: sombre 1820–43
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