William Wordsworth

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 NoteXXXI

[Composed?—Published: vol. of 1842.]

  • 1Lo! where she stands fixed in a saint-like trance,
  • 2One upward hand, as if she needed rest
  • Critical Apparatus3From rapture, lying softly on her breast!
  • 4Nor wants her eyeball an ethereal glance;
  • 5But not the less—nay more—that countenance,
  • 6While thus illumined, tells of painful strife
  • 7For a sick heart made weary of this life
  • 8By love, long crossed with adverse circumstance.
  • 9—Would She were now as when she hoped to pass
  • 10At God's appointed hour to them who tread
  • 11Heaven's sapphire pavement, yet breathed well content,
  • 12Well pleased, her foot should print earth's common grass,
  • 13Lived thankful for day's light, for daily bread,
  • 14For health, and time in obvious duty spent.

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Editor’s Note
p. 54. XXXI. Lo! where she stands, etc.: Dora Wordsworth—note by Sara Coleridge. This sonnet, with XXXII, XXXIII, XXXVI, XXXIX, is copied in a note-book, originally W.'s passport book of 1837, under the heading "Private Memorials, not to be published".
Critical Apparatus
XXXI. 3 breast!] chest! MS.
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