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Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)

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Editor’s Notepg 130Editor’s NoteV

in allusion to various recent histories and notices of the french revolution

[Composed?.—Published: vol. of 1842.]

  • Critical Apparatus1Portentous change when History can appear
  • 2As the cool Advocate of foul device;
  • 3Reckless audacity extol, and jeer
  • 4At consciences perplexed with scruples nice!
  • 5They who bewail not, must abhor, the sneer
  • 6Born of Conceit, Power's blind Idolater;
  • 7Or haply sprung from vaunting Cowardice
  • 8Betrayed by mockery of holy fear.
  • Editor’s Note9Hath it not long been said the wrath of Man
  • 10Works not the righteousness of God? Oh bend,
  • 11Bend, ye Perverse! to judgments from on High,
  • 12Laws that lay under Heaven's perpetual ban
  • 13All principles of action that transcend
  • 14The sacred limits of humanity.

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Editor’s Note
p. 130. V. In Allusion to various Recent Histories: Carlyle's French Revolution had appeared in 1837.
Critical Apparatus
V. 1–2
  •                            can leer
  • With prurient levity on foul device
Editor’s Note
9–10. the wrath of Man Works not the righteousness of God] Epistle of St. James, i. 20.
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