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William Wordsworth

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 NoteEditor’s NoteXXV. WRITTEN IN MRS. FIELD'S ALBUMopposite a pen-and-ink sketch in the manner of a rembrandt etching done by edmund field

[Composed 1828–9.]

  • That gloomy cave, that gothic nich,
  • Those trees that forward lean
  • As if enamoured of the brook—
  • How soothing is the scene!
  • No witchery of inky words
  • Can such illusions yield;
  • Yet all (ye Landscape Poets blush!)
  • Was penned by Edmund Field.

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Editor’s Note
p. 387. XXV. Written in Mrs. Field's Album, etc.: On Dec. 24, 1828, Barron Field wrote to W. asking him to write in Mrs. Field's Album; on Feb. 26, 1829, he wrote: "Mrs. Field thanks you for writing in her Album, and my Brother is very proud of your praise." Underneath W.'s lines in the Album B. F. wrote:
  • Words inky! They're worth more than that,
  • I can't let that go forth;
  • The line that would detract from words
  • Itself shews a Word's-worth.
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