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William Wordsworth

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 NoteXLto the rev. christopher wordsworth, d.d., master of harrow schoolAfter the perusal of his "Theophilus Anglicanus," recently published.

[Composed December 11, 1843.—Published 1845.]

  • 1Enlightened Teacher, gladly from thy hand
  • 2Have I received this proof of pains bestowed
  • 3By Thee to guide thy Pupils on the road
  • 4That, in our native isle, and every land,
  • 5The Church, when trusting in divine command
  • 6And in her Catholic attributes, hath trod:
  • 7O may these lessons be with profit scanned
  • 8To thy heart's wish, thy labour blest by God!
  • 9So the bright faces of the young and gay
  • 10Shall look more bright—the happy, happier still;
  • 11Catch, in the pauses of their keenest play,
  • 12Motions of thought which elevate the will
  • 13And, like the Spire that from your classic Hill
  • 14Points heavenward, indicate the end and way.

Rydal Mount, Dec. 11, 1843.

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p. 59. XL. To the Rev. Christopher Wordsworth: W.'s nephew and biographer. He wrote the Theophilus Anglicanus to instruct his Harrow pupils in Church principles; it had a wide circulation. Date of composition of this and of Nos. XLII, XLIII, XLV, and XLVIII given by W. in 1845 ed.
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