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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Editor’s NoteXXXV

  • 1Homeward we turn. Isle of Columba's Cell,
  • 2Where Christian piety's soul-cheering spark
  • 3(Kindled from Heaven between the light and dark
  • 4Of time) shone like the morning-star, farewell!—
  • Critical Apparatus5And fare thee well, to Fancy visible,
  • 6Remote St. Kilda, lone and loved sea-mark
  • pg 44Critical Apparatus7For many a voyage made in her swift bark,
  • 8When with more hues than in the rainbow dwell
  • 9Thou a mysterious intercourse dost hold,
  • 10Extracting from clear skies and air serene,
  • 11And out of sun-bright waves, a lucid veil,
  • Critical Apparatus12That thickens, spreads, and, mingling fold with fold,
  • 13Makes known, when thou no longer canst be seen,
  • Critical Apparatus14Thy whereabout, to warn the approaching sail.

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Editor’s Note
p. 43. XXXV. Homeward we turn. Isle of Columba's cell: Columba, an Irish saint born a.d. 521. In Ireland he founded two monasteries; then, with twelve disciples, he went to Scotland and was given the Island of Iona, where he built a church and monastery, and was largely instrumental in the conversion of the Picts.
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XXXV. 5–6 so 1837:
  • Remote St. Kilda, art thou visible?
  • No—but farewell to thee, beloved sea-mark
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  • Adieu, remote St. Kilda, visible
  • To Fancy only, a beloved sea-mark
  • For many etc. as text
  • Adieu to thee, and all that with thee dwell
  • Simplest of humankind. Fair to behold
  • Thou art, extracting from clear skies serene
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7 her swift 1837: Fancy's 1835
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12 That spreads, and intermingling MS.
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14 to guide the passing sail MS.
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