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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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pg 31XXII

[Composed?—Published 1815.]

  • 1Hail, Twilight, sovereign of one peaceful hour!
  • 2Not dull art Thou as undiscerning Night;
  • 3But studious only to remove from sight
  • 4Day's mutable distinctions.—Ancient Power!
  • 5Thus did the waters gleam, the mountains lower,
  • 6To the rude Briton, when, in wolf-skin vest
  • 7Here roving wild, he laid him down to rest
  • 8On the bare rock, or through a leafy bower
  • 9Looked ere his eyes were closed. By him was seen
  • 10The self-same Vision which we now behold,
  • 11At thy meek bidding, shadowy Power! brought forth;
  • 12These mighty barriers, and the gulf between;
  • Critical Apparatus13The flood, the stars,—a spectacle as old
  • 14As the beginning of the heavens and earth!

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Critical Apparatus
XXII. 13 flood 1837: floods 1815–32
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