« AnteriorContinuar »
Alas! it may not be: for earthly fame
In whose pure sight all virtue doth succeed. Ferdinand von Schill, a distinguished Prussian officer, born 1773, entered the army 1789, was seriously wounded in the battle of Jena, but took the field again at the head of a free corps. Indignant at the subjection of his country to Bonaparte, he resolved to make a great effort for the liberation of Germany, collected a small body of troops, and commenced operations on the Elbe; but after a few successes was overpowered and slain at Stralsund, in May 1809.-Ed.
In thankful joy and gratulation pure.
(Vol. II. p. 294.)
In the edition of 1836, Wordsworth added the following note:—“In this, and a succeeding sonnet on the same subject, let me be understood as a Poet availing himself of the situation which the King of Sweden occupied, and of the principles avowed in his manifestos ; as laying hold of these advantages for the purpose of embodying moral truths. This remark might, perhaps, as well have been suppressed; for to those who may be in sympathy with the course of these Poems, it will be superfluous; and will, I fear, be thrown away upon that other class, whose besotted admiration of the intoxicated despot, hereafter placed in contrast with him, is the most melancholy evidence of degradation in British feeling and intellect which the times have furnished.”—ED.
By violent and ignominious death.
Comp. 1809. Pub. 1815.
Forced to descend into his destined tomb— 1
ay can he think of this with mind serene
This may refer to Palafox, alluded to in a preceding sonnet (p. 221), and in the one next in order ; although, from the latter sonnet, it would seem that Wordsworth did not know that Palafox was, in 1810, a prisoner at Vincennes.-ED.
As already indicated, the poems belonging to the year 1810, like those of 1809, were mainly Sonnets, suggested by the events occurring on the Continent of Europe, and the patriotic efforts of the Spaniards to resist Napoleon. I have assigned the two sonnets referring to Flaminius, entitled “On a Celebrated Event in An ent History,” to the same year. They were first published in 1815, and seem to have been due to the same impulse which led Wordsworth to write the “Sonnets dedicated to Liberty and Order.”—ED.
AH! where is Palafox ? Nor tongue nor pen
Forced to descend alive into his tomb.
Of pitying human nature ?
On rampart, and the banks of all her streams.
Pub. 1815. IN due observance of an ancient rite, The rude Biscayans, when their children lie Dead in the sinless time of infancy, Attire the peaceful corse in vestments white; And, in like sign of cloudless triumph bright, They bind the unoffending creature's brows With happy garlands of the pure white rose : Then do a festal company unite 1 In choral song; and, while the uplifted cross Of Jesus goes before, the child is borne Uncovered to his grave: 'tis closed, -her loss The Mother then mourns, as she needs must mourn ; But soon, through Christian faith, is grief subdued ;? And joy returns, to brighten fortitude.3
This done, a festal company unite
Uncovered to his grave :-Her piteous loss
Yet soon by Christian faith is grief subdued, 3 c. and 1843.
And joy attends upon her fortitude.
228 A ROMAN MASTER STANDS ON GRECIAN GROUND.
FEELINGS OF A NOBLE BISCAYAN AT ONE OF
ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT
And to the Concourse of the Isthmian Games