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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XIV

  • 1Desire we past illusions to recal?
  • 2To reinstate wild Fancy, would we hide
  • 3Truths whose thick veil Science has drawn aside?
  • 4No,—let this Age, high as she may, instal
  • 5In her esteem the thirst that wrought man's fall,
  • 6The universe is infinitely wide;
  • 7And conquering Reason, if self-glorified,
  • 8Can nowhere move uncrossed by some new wall
  • pg 329Or gulf of mystery, which thou alone,
  • 10Imaginative Faith! canst overleap,
  • 11In progress toward the fount of Love,—the throne
  • Critical Apparatus12Of Power whose ministers the records keep
  • 13Of periods fixed, and laws established, less
  • 14Flesh to exalt than prove its nothingness.

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Critical Apparatus
XIV. 12 so 1837: Of Power, whose ministering Spirits records keep 1835
Critical Apparatus
p. 31. XIV. 12. Of Power, etc.] This reading was adopted on the suggestion of Barron Field, who pointed out that the "superfluous syllables" in the earlier reading "were not warranted". (Letter to W., Dec. 17, 1836.)
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