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WORDSWORTH'S POETICAL WORKS
THE poems written in 1804 were not numerous; and, with the exception of The Small Celandine, the stanzas beginning “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” and “She was a Phantom of delight,” they were less remarkable than those of the two preceding, and the three following years. Wordsworth's poetical activity in 1804 is not recorded, however, in Lyrical Ballads or Sonnets, but in The Prelude, much of which was thought out, and afterwards dictated to Dorothy or Mary Wordsworth, on the terrace walk of Lancrigg during that year; while the Oile, Intimations of Immortality was altered and added to, although it did not receive its final form till 1806. In the sixth book of The Prelude, p. 222, the lines occur
Four years and thirty, told this very week,
Have I been now a sojourner on earth. That part of the great autobiographical poem must therefore have been composed in April, 1804.—ED.
[Written at Town-end, Grasmere. The germ of this poem was four lines composed as a part of the verses on the Highland