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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, D.C.L.,

POET LAUREATE, HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH, AND
OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, ETC. ETC.

IN SEVEN VOLUMES.

VOL. VII.

A NEW AND REVISED EDITION.

LONDON:

EDWARD MOXON, DOVER STREET.

MDCCCXLIX.

LONDON:

BRADBURY AND EVANS, PRINTERS, WHITEFRIARS.

3197

1849

THE EXCURSION.

ΤΟ

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

WILLIAM, EARL OF LONSDALE, K.G.

&c. &c.

OFT, through thy fair domains, illustrious Peer!
In youth I roamed, on youthful pleasures bent;
And mused in rocky cell or sylvan tent,
Beside swift-flowing Lowther's current clear.
-Now, by thy care befriended, I appear
Before thee, LONSDALE, and this Work present,
A token (may it prove a monument!)
Of high respect and gratitude sincere.
Gladly would I have waited till my task
Had reached its close; but Life is insecure,
And Hope full oft fallacious as a dream :
Therefore, for what is here produced, I ask
Thy favour; trusting that thou wilt not deem
The offering, though imperfect, premature.

RYDAL MOUNT, WESTMORELAND,

July 29, 1814.

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

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