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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XLInew church-yard

  • Critical Apparatus1The encircling ground, in native turf arrayed,
  • 2Is now by solemn consecration given
  • 3To social interests, and to favouring Heaven;
  • Critical Apparatus4And where the rugged colts their gambols played,
  • 5And wild deer bounded through the forest glade,
  • Critical Apparatus6Unchecked as when by merry Outlaw driven,
  • Critical Apparatus7Shall hymns of praise resound at morn and even;
  • Critical Apparatus8And soon, full soon, the lonely Sexton's spade
  • 9Shall wound the tender sod. Encincture small,
  • Critical Apparatus10But infinite its grasp of weal and woe!
  • 11Hopes, fears, in never-ending ebb and flow;—
  • 12The spousal trembling, and the "dust to dust,"
  • 13The prayers, the contrite struggle, and the trust
  • 14That to the Almighty Father looks through all.

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XLI. 1 native] natural MS.
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4 And where the] Henceforth where MS.
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6 when] erst MS.
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7 hymns of praise] pious hymns MS.
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8–9 the sexton shall apply his spade Wounding MS.
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10 so 1837: its grasp of joy and woe MS., 1822–7; in grasp of weal and woe 1832
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