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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Editor’s NoteXIIIopen prospect

  • 1 Hail to the fields—with Dwellings sprinkled o'er,
  • 2And one small hamlet, under a green hill
  • Critical Apparatus3Clustering, with barn and byre, and spouting mill!
  • 4A glance suffices;—should we wish for more,
  • 5Gay June would scorn us. But when bleak winds roar
  • 6Through the stiff lance-like shoots of pollard ash,
  • 7Dread swell of sound! loud as the gusts that lash
  • 8The matted forests of Ontario's shore
  • 9By wasteful steel unsmitten—then would I
  • 10Turn into port; and, reckless of the gale,
  • 11Reckless of angry Duddon sweeping by,
  • 12While the warm hearth exalts the mantling ale,
  • 13Laugh with the generous household heartily
  • 14At all the merry pranks of Donnerdale!

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Editor’s Note
p. 251. XIII. Open Prospect: The view from a hill known as Pen Crag; the one small hamlet is Seathwaite. Donnerdale (l. 14) is the name given to the district on the east bank of the river, between Broughton and Seathwaite. v. W.'s note to XVII.
Critical Apparatus
XIII. 3 Clustering 1837: Cluster'd MS., 1820–32
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