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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 NoteEditor’s NoteXLVIIto cordelia m—————Hallsteads, Ullswater.

  • 1Not in the mines beyond the western main,
  • Critical Apparatus2You say, Cordelia, was the metal sought,
  • 3Which a fine skill, of Indian growth, has wrought
  • 4Into this flexible yet faithful Chain;
  • Critical Apparatus5Nor is it silver of romantic Spain;
  • 6But from our loved Helvellyn's depths was brought,
  • 7Our own domestic mountain. Thing and thought
  • 8Mix strangely; trifles light, and partly vain,
  • 9Can prop, as you have learnt, our nobler being:
  • 10Yes, Lady, while about your neck is wound
  • 11(Your casual glance oft meeting) this bright cord,
  • 12What witchery, for pure gifts of inward seeing,
  • 13Lurks in it, Memory's Helper, Fancy's Lord,
  • 14For precious tremblings in your bosom found!

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Editor’s Note
p. 54. XLVII. To Cordelia M———: i.e. Cordelia Marshall, daughter of D. W.'s great friend, Jane Marshall. In 1841 she married William Whewell, who succeeded W.'s brother as Master of Trinity, Cambridge, in that year.
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XLVII. 2 so 1845: You tell me, Delia! 1835–43
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5–6 so 1845: Spain You say, but from Helvellyn's 1835–43
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