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)
- 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.
XIV. 12 so 1837: Of Power, whose ministering Spirits records keep 1835
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.)