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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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TO I. F.

[First printed in Memoirs of W. W. 1851.]

  • Critical Apparatus1The star which comes at close of day to shine
  • 2More heavenly bright than when it leads the morn,
  • Critical Apparatus3Is Friendship's emblem, whether the forlorn
  • 4She visiteth, or, shedding light benign
  • 5Through shades that solemnize Life's calm decline,
  • 6Doth make the happy happier. This have we
  • 7Learnt, Isabel, from thy society,
  • 8Which now we too unwillingly resign
  • 9Though for brief absence. But farewell! the page
  • 10Glimmers before my sight through thankful tears,
  • 11Such as start forth, not seldom, to approve
  • 12Our truth, when we, old yet unchill'd by age,
  • 13Call thee, though known but for a few fleet years,
  • 14The heart-affianced sister of our love!

Rydal Mount, February, 1840.

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Critical Apparatus
X. 1 Bright is the Star that comes at eve to shine MS.
Critical Apparatus
XI. 1–10.
  • Art, Nature, Love here claim united praise
  • The forehead thinks—it muses while I gaze
  • And the light breaking from the eyes to me
  • For heart's content is all it seems to be,
  • O that the lips though motionless might share
  • Some vital intercourse with silent air
  • Such etc. to rose earlier draft
Critical Apparatus
3 And such is Friendship, MS.
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