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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pg 122XXVIanticipation. october, 1803

[Composed October, 1803.—Published 1803 (The Poetical Register, iii. 340); 1804 (The Anti-Gallican); 1807.]

  • 1Shout, for a mighty Victory is won!
  • 2On British ground the Invaders are laid low;
  • 3The breath of Heaven has drifted them like snow,
  • 4And left them lying in the silent sun,
  • 5Never to rise again!—the work is done.
  • 6Come forth, ye old men, now in peaceful show
  • 7And greet your sons! drums beat and trumpets blow!
  • 8Make merry, wives! ye little children, stun
  • Critical Apparatus9Your grandames' ears with pleasure of your noise!
  • 10Clap, infants, clap your hands! Divine must be
  • 11That triumph, when the very worst, the pain,
  • Critical Apparatus12And even the prospect of our brethren slain,
  • 13Hath something in it which the heart enjoys:—
  • Critical Apparatus14In glory will they sleep and endless sanctity.

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XXVI. 9 grandames' MS. M: grandame's 1807–50: pleasure 1807–50 except transport 1838: transports C
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12 so MS. M, 1807: The loss and e'en the prospect of the slain 1803, 1804, MS.
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14 so MS. M, 1807: True glory, everlasting sanctity 1803, 1804
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