William Wordsworth

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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[Composed 1841?]

  • 1Let more ambitious Poets take the heart
  • 2By storm, my Verse would rather win its way
  • Critical Apparatus3With gentle violence into minds well pleased
  • 4To give it welcome with a prompt return
  • 5Of their own sweetness, as March flowers that shrink
  • Critical Apparatus6From the sharp wind do readily yield up
  • Critical Apparatus7Their choicest fragrance to a southern breeze,
  • 8Ruffling their bosoms with its genial breath.

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Editor’s Note
p. 390. XXXI and XXXII. Let more ambitious poets, and With a Small Present: Both these poems are preserved in a notebook of which the contents seem to belong to the years 1840–6. A second copy "With a small Present" is found in another Manuscript book, written just above "The Crescent Moon" (p. 14 supra) which is dated Feb. 25, 1841. It is probably, therefore, of the same date.
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XXXI. 3–5
  • By gentle force into the Mind that yields
  • With glad compliance, as March flowers that shrink
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6 sharp … yield up ] fierce … give out 1st draft
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7 choicest] sweetest 1st draft
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