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)
- 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.
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.
XXXV. 5–6 so 1837:
- Remote St. Kilda, art thou visible?
- No—but farewell to thee, beloved sea-mark
- 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
7 her swift 1837: Fancy's 1835
12 That spreads, and intermingling MS.
14 to guide the passing sail MS.