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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[Composed?—Published 1837.]

  • 1Weep not, belovèd Friends! nor let the air
  • 2For me with sighs be troubled. Not from life
  • 3Have I been taken; this is genuine life
  • 4And this alone—the life which now I live
  • 5In peace eternal; where desire and joy
  • 6Together move in fellowship without end.—
  • Critical Apparatus7Francesco Ceni willed that, after death,
  • 8His tombstone thus should speak for him. And surely
  • 9Small cause there is for that fond wish of ours
  • 10Long to continue in this world; a world
  • 11That keeps not faith, nor yet can point a hope
  • 12To good, whereof itself is destitute.

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Critical Apparatus
I. 7–8 so 1850: … after death enjoined That thus his tomb 1837–45
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