Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)
Critical ApparatusXIIITO THE MOON
[Composed 1835.—Published 1837.]
- Critical Apparatus1Queen of the stars!—so gentle, so benign,
- 2That ancient Fable did to thee assign,
- 3When darkness creeping o'er thy silver brow
- 4Warned thee these upper regions to forego,
- 5Alternate empire in the shades below—
- 6A Bard, who, lately near the wide-spread sea
- 7Traversed by gleaming ships, looked up to thee
- 8With grateful thoughts, doth now thy rising hail
- 9From the close confines of a shadowy vale.
- 10Glory of night, conspicuous yet serene,
- 11Nor less attractive when by glimpses seen
- 12Through cloudy umbrage, well might that fair face,
- 13And all those attributes of modest grace,
- 14In days when Fancy wrought unchecked by fear,
- 15Down to the green earth fetch thee from thy sphere,
- 16To sit in leafy woods by fountains clear!
- pg 1717 O still belov'd (for thine, meek Power, are charms
- 18That fascinate the very Babe in arms,
- 19While he, uplifted towards thee, laughs outright,
- 20Spreading his little palms in his glad Mother's sight)
- 21O still belov'd, once worshipped! Time, that frowns
- 22In his destructive flight on earthly crowns,
- 23Spares thy mild splendour; still those far-shot beams
- 24Tremble on dancing waves and rippling streams
- 25With stainless touch, as chaste as when thy praise
- 26Was sung by Virgin-choirs in festal lays;
- 27And through dark trials still dost thou explore
- 28Thy way for increase punctual as of yore,
- 29When teeming Matrons—yielding to rude faith
- 30In mysteries of birth and life and death
- 31And painful struggle and deliverance—prayed
- 32Of thee to visit them with lenient aid.
- 33What though the rites be swept away, the fanes
- 34Extinct that echoed to the votive strains;
- 35Yet thy mild aspect does not, cannot, cease
- 36Love to promote and purity and peace;
- 37And Fancy, unreproved, even yet may trace
- 38Faint types of suffering in thy beamless face.
- 39 Then, silent Monitress! let us—not blind
- 40To worlds unthought of till the searching mind
- 41Of Science laid them open to mankind—
- 42Told, also, how the voiceless heavens declare
- 43God's glory; and acknowledging thy share
- 44In that blest charge; let us—without offence
- 45To aught of highest, holiest, influence—
- 46Receive whatever good 'tis given thee to dispense.
- 47May sage and simple, catching with one eye
- 48The moral intimations of the sky,
- 49Learn from thy course, where'er their own be taken,
- Critical Apparatus50"To look on tempests, and be never shaken;"
- 51To keep with faithful step the appointed way
- 52Eclipsing or eclipsed, by night or day,
- 53And from example of thy monthly range
- 54Gently to brook decline and fatal change;
- 55Meek, patient, stedfast, and with loftier scope,
- 56Than thy revival yields, for gladsome hope!
p. 16. XIII. To the Moon (Rydal): The variant of ll. 1–4, given in the app. crit., is a passage deleted from the draft of the previous poem (v. supra).
- Queen of the Stars, as bright as when of yore
- Whole nations knelt thy presence to adore
- Thou to whom Fable gave (Truth loved thee so)
- When thou [wert] doomed these regions
50. To look on tempests, etc.] Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxvi. 6.