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 NoteXIII"rest and be thankful"At the Head of Glencroe.

  • Critical Apparatus1Doubling and doubling with laborious walk,
  • 2Who, that has gained at length the wished-for Height,
  • Critical Apparatus3This brief this simple wayside Call can slight,
  • 4And rests not thankful? Whether cheered by talk
  • Critical Apparatus5With some loved friend, or by the unseen hawk
  • Critical Apparatus6Whistling to clouds and sky-born streams, that shine
  • 7At the sun's outbreak, as with light divine,
  • 8Ere they descend to nourish root and stalk
  • 9Of valley flowers. Nor, while the limbs repose,
  • Critical Apparatus10Will we forget that, as the fowl can keep
  • pg 271Critical Apparatus11Absolute stillness, poised aloft in air,
  • 12And fishes front, unmoved, the torrent's sweep,—
  • 13So may the Soul, through powers that Faith bestows,
  • 14Win rest, and ease, and peace, with bliss that Angels share.

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Editor’s Note
p. 270. XIII. "Rest and be thankful": Glencroe is on the road between Arrochar and Inverary. W. had visited it in 1803 with D. W.: "At the top of the hill we came to a seat with the well-known inscription 'Rest and be thankful'. On the same stone it was recorded that the road had been made by Col. Wade's regiment [in 1745]. The seat is placed so as to command a full view of the valley, and the long, long road, which, with the fact recorded, and the exhortation makes it an affecting resting-place."—Recollections, Aug. 29, 1803.
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XIII. 1–4
  • Rest and be thankful! After toilsome walk,
  • Patiently doubling with an artful line
  • Of long ascent in mazes serpentine,
  • Who rests etc. MS.
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3 The call of these inscriptive words can slight MS. 2
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5 unseen] whistling MS.
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6–7 Or by the sight of sky-born brooks that shine At the sun's bidding, MS.
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  •       … as the balanced fowl
  • Is quiet in mid-air, fish in the sweep
  • Of rapid floods, whales find in the great deep
  • Calm resting places, so the endeavouring soul
  • May win due respite ere Life's journey close.

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11 The stillness that she loves, self-poised in air, MS. 2
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