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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 NoteXIIICasual Incitement

  • 1A bright-haired company of youthful slaves,
  • 2Beautiful strangers, stand within the pale
  • 3Of a sad market, ranged for public sale,
  • Critical Apparatus4Where Tiber's stream the immortal City laves:
  • 5Angli by name; and not an Angel waves
  • Critical Apparatus6pg 348His wing who could seem lovelier to man's eye
  • 7Than they appear to holy Gregory;
  • 8Who, having learnt that name, salvation craves
  • 9For Them, and for their Land. The earnest Sire,
  • 10His questions urging, feels, in slender ties
  • 11Of chiming sound, commanding sympathies;
  • 12De-irians—he would save them from God's Ire;
  • 13Subjects of Saxon Ælla—they shall sing
  • Critical Apparatus14Glad Halle-lujahs to the eternal King!

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p. 347. XIII. Casual Incitement: The story is told in Bede's Eccles. Hist.
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XIII. 4 immortal 1827: glorious 1822
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6 so 1837: … seemeth lovelier in Heaven's eye 1822–32
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14 Glad 1827: Sweet 1822
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