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She weeps not for the wedding-day
He was a tree that stood alone,
Long, long in darkness did she sit,
The stately Priory was reared ;
And the Lady prayed in heaviness
Oh! there is never sorrow of heart
The Force of Prayer was included by Wordsworth amongst the "Poems proceeding from Sentiment and Reflection. There were no variations in the text of the poem from 1815 to 1850 ; but I have found, in a letter of Dorothy Wordsworth's to her friend, Miss Jane Pollard, the mother of Lady Monteagie—who has kindly lent it to me—the earliest version of the poem, which differs considerably from the form in which it was first published in 1815. The letter is dated October 18th, 1807. It is as follows:
"What is good for a bootless bene ?”
These words I bring from the Banks of Wharf,
prayer is of no avail ?
“What is good for a bootless bene ?”
She knew it from the Falconer's words
Young Romelli to the Woods is gone,
And they have reach'd that famous Chasm
And that striding place is call'd THE STRID,
Romelli come ;
And thither is
in glee ;
for what cared he That the River was strong, and the Rocks were steep? But the greyhound in the Leash hung back And check'd him in his leap.
The poem of Samuel Rogers, to which Wordsworth refers in the Fenwick note, is named The Boy of Egremond. In begins
“Say, what remains when Hope is fed ?”
She answered, “endless weeping !” See Charles Jamb's remarks on The Force of Prayer, quoted in the Appendix to this volume.—Ed.
COMPOSED WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS ENGAGED IN
WRITING A TRACT, OCCASIONED BY THE CONVEN-
Not 'mid the World's vain objects that enslave 1
Wordsworth began to write on the Convention of Cintra in November 1808, and sent two articles on the subject to the December (1808) and January (1809) numbers of The Courier. The subject grew in importance to him as he discussed it: and he threw his reflections on the
subject into the form of a small treatise, the preface to which was dated 20th May 1809. The full title of this (so-called) “Tract” is “ Concerning the Relations of Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal to each other, and to the common Enemy, at this crisis; and specifically as affected by the Convention of Cintra : the whole brought to the test of those Principles, by which alone the Independence and Freedom of Nations can be Preserved or Recovered.”—ED.
COMPOSED AT THE SAME TIME AND ON THE
I DROPPED my pen; and listened to the Wind
Compare the sonnet No. vii., of those “ Dedicated to National Independence and Liberty,” beginningNot ʼmid the world's vain objects that enslave.