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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)
Editor’s NoteEditor’s NoteIVA CHARACTER
[Composed probably September or October, 1800.—Published 1800.]
- 1I marvel how Nature could ever find space
- Critical Apparatus2For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
- 3There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom
- Critical Apparatus4And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.
- pg 595There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
- 6Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
- Critical Apparatus7Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,
- 8Would be rational peace—a philosopher's ease.
- Critical Apparatus9There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
- 10And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
- 11Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;
- 12And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.
- 13There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
- 14Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
- 15There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
- 16Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.
IV. 2 so 1837: For all the expression (the things and the nothings) you see in his MS. Cl: For the weight and the levity seen in his 1800 MS. 18a.
4 sluggishness] indolence MS.
7–8 Could pierce through his temper as soft as a fleece
Would surely be fortitude, sister of peace. MS. Cl.
17 so 1837 This picture, you say, has nor nature nor art MS.; What a picture! 'tis drawn without nature or art 1800 This sketch 'tis a thing which you do not approve
18 Yet the man would at once run away with your love MS. Cl.