William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth

The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Vol. 7: The Later Years: Part IV: 1840–1853 (Second Revised Edition)

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1926. W. W. to EDWARD MOXON

  • MS. Henry E. Huntington Library.
  • K (—). LY iii. 1262.

Novr [5th 1845]2

My dear Mr Moxon,

I reply to yours of yesterday's post received after mine was sent off; I have to say 1st—that the House I live in has no name but Rydal Mount. I have considered and reconsidered the title, and I cannot make up my mind to adhere to any but simply

The Poems of William Wordsworth.
  • I hope that you wont object to this, bald as it is.
  • There is a small poem, beginning

If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven3

which the Printer has been directed to place before the Poems. I mean it to serve as a sort of preface. All the prose prefaces, and in fact all the prose, except a few brief Notes printed at the bottom of the page of the verse, will be printed at the end of the Volume, it being now my wish that the poems should be left to speak for themselves though I did not think it prudent to pg 718suppress any considerable portion of the Prose, thinking this would hurt the sale of the work.

What must we do with the Stereotype of the 6 Volumes; I ask because I know that many persons would prefer that shape to the double column and not a few would have the[m] both—the 7 vol: for ordinary reading, and the double column for travelling.

  • ever faithfully yours    
  • W. W.

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Editor’s Note
2 Day of month and year added in another hand.
Editor’s Note
3 See PW i. 317. First published in 1827, among Poems of Sentiment and Reflection, and now moved to the head of the volume.
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