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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 NoteXXXIIedward signing the warrant for the execution of joan of kent

  • 1The tears of man in various measure gush
  • 2From various sources; gently overflow
  • 3From blissful transport some—from clefts of woe
  • 4Some with ungovernable impulse rush;
  • 5And some, coëval with the earliest blush
  • 6Of infant passion, scarcely dare to show
  • 7Their pearly lustre—coming but to go;
  • 8And some break forth when others' sorrows crush
  • pg 3779The sympathising heart. Nor these, nor yet
  • 10The noblest drops to admiration known,
  • 11To gratitude, to injuries forgiven—
  • 12Claim Heaven's regard like waters that have wet
  • 13The innocent eyes of youthful Monarchs driven
  • 14To pen the mandates, nature doth disown.

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Editor’s Note
p. 376. XXXII. Edward signing the Warrant, etc.: The story of Edward's reluctance to sign the warrant for the execution of Joan Butcher on the charge of heresy W. probably took from Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
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