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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XVIby the sea-shore, isle of man

  • 1Why stand we gazing on the sparkling Brine,
  • 2With wonder smit by its transparency,
  • 3And all-enraptured with its purity?—
  • 4Because the unstained, the clear, the crystalline,
  • 5Have ever in them something of benign;
  • 6Whether in gem, in water, or in sky,
  • 7A sleeping infant's brow, or wakeful eye
  • 8Of a young maiden, only not divine.
  • pg 339Scarcely the hand forbears to dip its palm
  • 10For beverage drawn as from a mountain-well.
  • 11Temptation centres in the liquid Calm;
  • 12Our daily raiment seems no obstacle
  • 13To instantaneous plunging in, deep Sea!
  • Critical Apparatus14And revelling in long embrace with thee.1

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Critical Apparatus
XVI. 14 revelling] wantoning MS.
Editor’s Note
1 The sea-water on the coast of the Isle of Man is singularly pure and beautiful.
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