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Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 1: Poems Written in Youth; Poems Referring to the Period of Childhood (Second Edition)

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Editor’s Notepg 296Editor’s NoteXVIISONNET

  • 1Sweet was the walk along the narrow lane
  • 2At noon, the bank an[d] hedge-rows all the way
  • 3Shagged with wild pale green tufts of fragrant hay,
  • 4Caught by the hawthorns from the loaded wain,
  • 5Which Age with many a slow stoop strove to gain;
  • 6And Childhood, seeming still most busy, took
  • 7His little rake; with cunning side-long look,
  • 8Sauntering to pluck the strawberries wild, unseen.
  • Critical Apparatus9Now, too, on melancholy's idle dreams
  • 10Musing, the lone spot with my soul agrees,
  • 11Quiet and dark; for [through] the thick wove trees
  • 12Scarce peeps the curious star till solemn gleams
  • 13The clouded moon, and calls me forth to stray
  • 14Thro' tall, green, silent woods and ruins gray.

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Editor’s Note
p. 296. XVII. Sonnet: preserved in a letter of D. W. to Jane Pollard in May 1792 (E.L., p. 73), and probably written shortly before that date.
Critical Apparatus
XVII. 9 idle: idol MS.
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