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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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afflictions of england

  • 1Harp! couldst thou venture, on thy boldest string,
  • 2The faintest note to echo which the blast
  • 3Caught from the hand of Moses as it pass'd
  • 4O'er Sinai's top, or from the Shepherd-king,
  • 5Early awake, by Siloa's brook, to sing
  • 6Of dread Jehovah; then, should wood and waste
  • 7Hear also of that name, and mercy cast
  • 8Off to the mountains, like a covering
  • 9Of which the Lord was weary. Weep, oh! weep,
  • Critical Apparatus10Weep with the good, beholding King and Priest
  • 11Despised by that stern God to whom they raise
  • 12Their suppliant hands; but holy is the feast
  • 13He keepeth; like the firmament his ways:
  • 14His statutes like the chambers of the deep.

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Critical Apparatus
XLVI. 10 so 1827: As good men wept 1822
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