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Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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Editor’s NoteEditor’s NoteVIIat rome

  • Critical Apparatus1They—who have seen the noble Roman's scorn
  • 2Break forth at thought of laying down his head,
  • 3When the blank day is over, garreted
  • 4In his ancestral palace, where, from morn
  • 5To night, the desecrated floors are worn
  • 6By feet of purse-proud strangers; they—who have read
  • 7In one meek smile, beneath a peasant's shed,
  • 8How patiently the weight of wrong is borne;
  • Critical Apparatus9They—who have heard some learned Patriot treat
  • 10Of freedom, with mind grasping the whole theme
  • 11From ancient Rome, downwards through that bright dream
  • 12Of Commonwealths, each city a starlike seat
  • 13Of rival glory; they—fallen Italy—
  • 14Nor must, nor will, nor can, despair of Thee!

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p. 215. VII. At Rome. "I have a private interest in this Sonnet, for I doubt whether it would ever have been written but for the lively picture given me by Anna Ricketts of what they had witnessed of the indignation and sorrow expressed by some Italian noblemen of their acquaintance on the surrender, which circumstances had obliged them to make, of the best portion of their family mansions to strangers." —I. F. (Anna Ricketts was a friend whose acquaintance W. had made through Sir Henry Taylor and Miss Fenwick.)
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VII. 1–2 … the Noble weak in scorn Stung by the MS.
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9 some learned Patriot 1845: thy lettered sages MS., 1842
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