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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)
- Critical Apparatus1Lowther! in thy majestic Pile are seen
- 2Cathedral pomp and grace, in apt accord
- 3With the baronial castle's sterner mien;
- 4Union significant of God adored,
- 5And charters won and guarded by the sword
- 6Of ancient honour; whence that goodly state
- 7Of polity which wise men venerate,
- 8And will maintain, if God his help afford.
- Critical Apparatus9Hourly the democratic torrent swells;
- pg 4910For airy promises and hopes suborned
- 11The strength of backward-looking thoughts is scorned.
- 12Fall if ye must, ye Towers and Pinnacles,
- 13With what ye symbolise; authentic Story
- 14Will say, Ye disappeared with England's Glory!
XLIV. No title in 1835; Lowther Castle MS.
p. 48. XLIV. Lowther: "Cathedral pomp. It may be questioned whether this union was in the contemplation of the Artist when he planned the Edifice. However this might be, a Poet may be excused for taking the view of the subject presented in this sonnet."—I. F.
- in thy magnificence are seen
- Shapes of cathedral pomp that well accord MS.
9 Hourly] But high MS.