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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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XXXVI

general view of the troubles of the reformation

  • Critical Apparatus1Aid, glorious Martyrs, from your fields of light,
  • 2Our mortal ken! Inspire a perfect trust
  • 3(While we look round) that Heaven's decrees are just:
  • 4Which few can hold committed to a fight
  • pg 3795That shows, ev'n on its better side, the might
  • 6Of proud Self-will, Rapacity, and Lust,
  • 7'Mid clouds enveloped of polemic dust,
  • 8Which showers of blood seem rather to incite
  • Critical Apparatus9Than to allay. Anathemas are hurled
  • Critical Apparatus10From both sides; veteran thunders (the brute test
  • 11Of truth) are met by fulminations new—
  • 12Tartarean flags are caught at, and unfurled—
  • 13Friends strike at friends—the flying shall pursue—
  • Critical Apparatus14And Victory sickens, ignorant where to rest!

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XXXVI. 1–6
  • We looking calmly from a specular height
  • Know that a righteous Providence [ ]
  • The adverse combatants the struggle [ ]
  • Alas for those who mingling in the fight
  • Saw ranged upon the better side despite
  • Rapacity and cruelty and lust
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9 to allay MS. corr. tranquillize MS.
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10–12
  • From host to host, old thunders from the west
  • Are boldly met by fulminations new
  • Standards abjured are caught at and unfurled MS.
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14 sickens] sickening MS.
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