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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XIII

[Composed?—Published 1835.]

  • 1Praised be the Rivers, from their mountain springs
  • 2Shouting to Freedom, "Plant thy banners here!"
  • 3To harassed Piety, "Dismiss thy fear,
  • 4And in our caverns smooth thy ruffled wings!"
  • Critical Apparatus5Nor be unthanked their final fingerings—
  • 6Silent, but not to high-souled Passion's ear—
  • 7'Mid reedy fens wide-spread and marshes drear,
  • Critical Apparatus8Their own creation. Such glad welcomings
  • pg 3689As Po was heard to give where Venice rose,
  • 10Hailed from aloft those Heirs of truth divine
  • 11Who near his fountains sought obscure repose,
  • Critical Apparatus12Yet came prepared as glorious lights to shine,
  • 13Should that be needed for their sacred Charge;
  • Critical Apparatus14Blest Prisoners They, whose spirits were at large!

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XIII. 5 final 1837: tardiest 1835
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8–10 so 1837:
  • Their own creation, till their long career
  • End in the sea engulphed. Such welcomings
  • As came from mighty Po when Venice rose,
  • Greeted these simple Heirs of truth divine 1835
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12 came 1837: were 1835
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14 were 1837: are 1835
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