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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[Composed 1809.—Published December 21, 1809 (The Friend); 1815.]

  • 1O'er the wide earth, on mountain and on plain,
  • 2Dwells in the affections and the soul of man
  • Editor’s Note3A Godhead, like the universal Pan;
  • 4But more exalted, with a brighter train:
  • 5And shall his bounty be dispensed in vain,
  • 6Showered equally on city and on field,
  • 7And neither hope nor stedfast promise yield
  • Editor’s Note8In these usurping times of fear and pain?
  • 9Such doom awaits us. Nay, forbid it Heaven!
  • 10We know the arduous strife, the eternal laws
  • 11To which the triumph of all good is given,
  • 12High sacrifice, and labour without pause,
  • 13Even to the death:—else wherefore should the eye
  • 14Of man converse with immortality?

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Editor’s Note
p. 131. XIV. 3. the universal Pan] a footnote in The Friend refers to Paradise Lost, iv. 266–8:
  •         Universal Pan
  • Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance
  • Led on th' eternal Spring.
Editor’s Note
8. In these usurping times of fear and pain] cf. Prelude, ii. 432. p. 131. XV. On the Final Submission of the Tyrolese: published in The Friend under the title "On the Report of the Submission of the Tyrolese".
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