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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 NoteCritical ApparatusEditor’s NoteCritical ApparatusXLIVlowther

  • 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!

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Critical Apparatus
XLIV. No title in 1835; Lowther Castle MS.
Editor’s Note
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.
Critical Apparatus
  • in thy magnificence are seen
  • Shapes of cathedral pomp that well accord MS.
Critical Apparatus
9 Hourly] But high MS.
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