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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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  • 1I Saw the figure of a lovely Maid
  • 2Seated alone beneath a darksome tree,
  • 3Whose fondly-overhanging canopy
  • 4Set off her brightness with a pleasing shade.
  • Critical Apparatus5No Spirit was she; that my heart betrayed,
  • 6For she was one I loved exceedingly;
  • 7But while I gazed in tender reverie
  • 8(Or was it sleep that with my Fancy played?)
  • 9The bright corporeal presence—form and face—
  • 10Remaining still distinct grew thin and rare,
  • 11Like sunny mist;—at length the golden hair,
  • 12Shape, limbs, and heavenly features, keeping pace
  • 13Each with the other in a lingering race
  • 14Of dissolution, melted into air.

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Critical Apparatus
I. 5, 6 so 1837: Substance she seem'd (and that … exceedingly;) 1822–32
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