Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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Editor’s NoteXXX

  • 1Who swerves from innocence, who makes divorce
  • 2Of that serene companion—a good name,
  • 3Recovers not his loss; but walks with shame,
  • 4With doubt, with fear, and haply with remorse:
  • 5And oft-times he—who, yielding to the force
  • 6Of chance-temptation, ere his journey end,
  • 7From chosen comrade turns, or faithful friend—
  • 8In vain shall rue the broken intercourse.
  • 9Not so with such as loosely wear the chain
  • 10That binds them, pleasant River! to thy side:—
  • Editor’s Note11Through the rough copse wheel thou with hasty stride;
  • 12I choose to saunter o'er the grassy plain,
  • 13Sure, when the separation has been tried,
  • 14That we, who part in love, shall meet again.

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Editor’s Note
p. 259. XXX. Who swerves from innocence etc.: v. I. F. note supra.
Editor’s Note
11. rough copse] Between the Sepulchre referred to in the previous sonnet and Ulpha Kirk (XXXI) is a plantation known as Birks Wood.
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