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Ernest De Selincourt (ed.), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 2: Poems Founded on the Affections; Poems on the Naming of Places; Poems of the Fancy; Poems of the Imagination (Second Edition)

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s NoteIX

[Composed 1801.—Published 1807.]

  • 1I travelled among unknown men,
  • 2  In lands beyond the sea;
  • 3Nor, England! did I know till then
  • 4  What love I bore to thee.
  • 5'Tis past, that melancholy dream!
  • 6  Nor will I quit thy shore
  • 7A second time; for still I seem
  • 8  To love thee more and more.
  • 9Among thy mountains did I feel
  • Critical Apparatus10  The joy of my desire;
  • 11And she I cherished turned her wheel
  • 12  Beside an English fire.
  • pg 3113Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,
  • 14  The bowers where Lucy played;
  • Critical Apparatus15And thine too is the last green field
  • 16  That Lucy's eyes surveyed.

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Editor’s Note
P. 30. IX. I travelled among unknown men. It seems certain that this poem was not written, as W. stated, in Germany in 1799, but some time after his return. It is significant that it did not appear with the other "Lucy" poems in Lyrical Ballads, 1800, but that a copy of it was sent to the printer for the 1802 ed., with instructions that it should be inserted after "A slumber did my spirit seal" (the printer omitted to carry out this instruction), and that in 1801 W. sent it in a letter to M. H. as "a short poem to be read after 'She dwelt among'". If it had been written in 1799, M. H. would already have known it (v. E.L., pp. 275–6). The MS. variants are found in that letter, and in MS. M.
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IX. 10 joy of my] gladness of MS.
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15 thine too is 1836: thine is, too, MS., 1807–32
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