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William Wordsworth

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 NoteEditor’s NoteXVpaulinus1

  • 1But to remote Northumbria's royal Hall,
  • 2Where thoughtful Edwin, tutored in the school
  • 3Of sorrow, still maintains a heathen rule,
  • 4Who comes with functions apostolical?
  • 5Mark him, of shoulders curved, and stature tall,
  • 6Black hair, and vivid eye, and meagre cheek,
  • 7His prominent feature like an eagle's beak;
  • 8pg 349A Man whose aspect doth at once appal
  • 9And strike with reverence. The Monarch leans
  • Critical Apparatus10Toward the pure truths this Delegate propounds,
  • 11Repeatedly his own deep mind he sounds
  • 12With careful hesitation,—then convenes
  • 13A synod of his Councillors:—give ear,
  • 14And what a pensive Sage doth utter, hear!

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Editor’s Note
p. 348. XV. Paulinus: The person of Paulinus is thus described by Bede, from the memory of an eye-witness:—"Longæ staturæ, paululum incurvus, nigro capillo, facie macilentâ, naso adunco, pertenui, venerabilis simul et terribilis aspectu."—W.
Editor’s Note
1 See Note.
Critical Apparatus
XV. 10 so 1832: Towards the truths 1822–7
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