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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XXVIIhis descendants

  • Critical Apparatus1When thy great soul was freed from mortal chains,
  • 2Darling of England! many a bitter shower
  • 3Fell on thy tomb; but emulative power
  • 4Flowed in thy line through undegenerate veins.
  • Critical Apparatus5The Race of Alfred covet glorious pains
  • 6When dangers threaten, dangers ever new!
  • 7Black tempests bursting, blacker still in view!
  • 8But manly sovereignty its hold retains;
  • Critical Apparatus9The root sincere, the branches bold to strive
  • Critical Apparatus10With the fierce tempest, while, within the round
  • 11Of their protection, gentle virtues thrive;
  • 12As oft, 'mid some green plot of open ground,
  • 13Wide as the oak extends its dewy gloom,
  • 14The fostered hyacinths spread their purple bloom.

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XXVII. 1–4 so 1837:
  • Can aught survive to linger in the veins
  • Of kindred bodies—an essential power
  • That may not vanish in one fatal hour,
  • And wholly cast away terrestrial chains? 1822–32
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5 covet 1832: covets 1822, 1827
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9 strive 1827: thrive 1822
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10 tempest, while, 1827: storm; meanwhile, 1822
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