pg 225W. W. to LORD NORTHAMPTON1
- MS. The Marquess of Northampton. Hitherto unpublished.
[?late May 1836]
My dear Lord,
Be assured that I was duly sensible of the honor done me by your Present of a Copy of the unpublished Poem of Irene with the miscellaneous Pieces annexed, and that thanks would have been immediately returned had I not persuaded myself they would be more acceptable if I were enabled to say that I had perused the Volume. Much do I regret that innumerable and harrassing engagements2 have deprived me hitherto of that pleasure, but the smaller pieces to which you kindly pointed my attention I have several times read, and I can sincerely say with very great delight. They are written with simplicity pathos and energy. I have also read part of Irene, but not yet the passages which you mentioned. I reserve them and the whole in its order for a time when I shall be more capable of enjoying things that are good. But I can no longer defer my acknowledgements nor deny myself the gratification of declaring that in my opinion (whatever may be its value), these pieces give proof of a poetical feeling, and talent, which by culture might have been carried to a high degree of excellence.
- Believe me my Lord
- With thanks for your Letter
- your obliged
- Wm Wordsworth