Dorothy Wordsworth

Alan G. Hill (ed.), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 8: A Supplement of New Letters (Revised Edition)

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  • MS. Cornell. Hitherto unpublished.

January 5th 1837

  • Christmas Day
  • This is the day when kindred meet
  • Round one accustomed social fire:
  • pg 230If still survive the hoary Sire
  • In patriarchal age, beside his honour'd feet
  • His Children's Children claim the appropriate seat;
  • And if the Partner of his youthful days,
  • His dear supporter through the uncertain ways
  • Of busy life—if she be spared,
  • She who all joy, all grief has shared
  • Now is their happiness complete:
  • Their Children, and their Children's Children meet:
  • Beneath the Grandsire's reverenced roof,
  • Where faithful love through trying years has stood all proof.

Dorothy Wordsworth

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Editor’s Note
4 This poem, copied out in an unidentified hand, was probably included in a letter addressed to some local friend, and follows LY pt. iii, L. 1101. D.W. enjoyed some remission of her illness around Christmas 1836, as is clear from her letter to Jane Marshall (L.1095), and she remembered old friends to the end. As late as May 1851, M.W. was writing to Mrs. Sarah Greenwood (née Staniforth), niece of Mrs. Bolton of Storrs: 'My poor Sister was much gratified by your remembrance of her—She begs me to say she forgets none of her old friends—and your dear Mother was an especial favourite with her, as was the case with us all. My Sister's bodily health enables her to go out in almost all weathers—but she suffers much from nervous restlessness.' (MS. Mrs. Greenwood, Swardiffe Hall, Harrogate).
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