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Ernest De Selincourt (ed.), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 2: Poems Founded on the Affections; Poems on the Naming of Places; Poems of the Fancy; Poems of the Imagination (Second Edition)

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Editor’s NoteCritical ApparatusEditor’s NoteCritical ApparatusXXVTHE COTTAGER TO HER INFANTby my sister

[Composed 1805.—Published 1815.]

  • 1The days are cold, the nights are long,
  • 2The north-wind sings a doleful song;
  • 3Then hush again upon my breast;
  • 4All merry things are now at rest,
  • 5Save thee, my pretty Love!
  • 6The kitten sleeps upon the hearth,
  • 7The crickets long have ceased their mirth;
  • 8There's nothing stirring in the house
  • 9Save one wee, hungry, nibbling mouse,
  • 10Then why so busy thou?
  • 11Nay! start not at that sparkling light:
  • 12'Tis but the moon that shines so bright
  • 13On the window pane bedropped with rain:
  • 14Then, little Darling! sleep again,
  • 15And wake when it is day.

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Critical Apparatus
15 To D. W.'s poem W. W. added the following 2 stanzas:
  • All! if I were a lady gay
  • I should not grieve with thee to play;
  • Right gladly would I lie awake
  • Thy lively spirits to partake
  • And ask no better chear.
  • But, babe, there's none to work for me,
  • And I must rise to industry;
  • Soon as the cock begin to crow
  • Thy mother to the fold must go
  • To tend the sheep and kine. MS.
Editor’s Note
p. 50. XXV. The Cottager to her Infant. "(by my sister). Suggested to her while beside my sleeping children."—I. F.
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