Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)

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Critical ApparatusXVIon the banks of a rocky stream

[Composed?.—Published 1850.]

  • 1Behold an emblem of our human mind
  • 2Crowded with thoughts that need a settled home,
  • 3Yet, like to eddying balls of foam
  • 4Within this whirlpool, they each other chase
  • 5Round and round, and neither find
  • 6An outlet nor a resting-place!
  • 7Stranger, if such disquietude be thine,
  • 8Fall on thy knees and sue for help divine.

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Critical Apparatus
XVI. 14
  • Grant me, O blessed Lord, a mind
  • In which my thoughts may have a quiet home
  • Thoughts which now fret like balls of foam
  • That in a whirlpool each the other chase
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