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Nor to you, good Lady Vane,

Would I give a moment's pain;

Nor Miss Taylor, Captain Stamp,
Would I your flights of memory cramp.
Yet, having spent a summer's day
On the green margin of Loch Tay,
And doubled (prospect ever bettering)
The mazy reaches of Loch Katerine,
And more than once been free at Luss,
Loch Lomond's beauties to discuss,
And wished, at least, to hear the blarney
Of the sly boatmen of Killarney,

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And dipped my hand in dancing wave

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Of Eau de Zurich, Lac Genève,

And bowed to many a major-domo

On stately terraces of Como,

And seen the Simplon's forehead hoary,
Reclined on Lago Maggiore,

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At breathless eventide at rest

On the broad water's placid breast.

I, not insensible, Heaven knows,

To all the charms this Station shows,

Must tell you, Captain, Lord and Ladies,
For honest worth one poet's trade is,
That your praise appears to me
Folly's own hyperbole.1

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TO THE UTILITARIANS.

Sent in a letter to H. Crabb Robinson, dated May 5, 1833.—ED.

AVAUNT this œconomic rage!

What would it bring ?—an iron age,

Where Fact with heartless search explored

Shall be Imagination's Lord,

And sway with absolute controul

The god-like functions of the Soul.

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1 No date is given; but the reference to Killarney looks as if it

were earlier than his Irish tour of 1829.-ED..

Not thus can knowledge elevate
Our Nature from her fallen state.
With sober Reason Faith unites
To vindicate the ideal rights
Of human-kind-the tone agreeing
Of objects with internal seeing,
Of effort with the end of Being.

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A CENTO MADE BY WORDSWORTH.

Published among "Evening Voluntaries" in "Yarrow Revisited and other Poems," 1835; afterwards omitted.-ED.

"For printing [the following piece] some reason should be given, as not a word of it is original: it is simply a fine stanza of Akenside, connected with a still finer from Beattie, by a couplet from Thomson. This practice, in which the author sometimes indulges, of linking together, in his own mind, favourite passages from different authors, seems in itself unobjectionable: but, as the publishing such compilations might lead to confusion in literature, he should deem himself inexcusable in giving this specimen, were it not from a hope that it might open to others a harmless source of private gratification."

THRONED in the Sun's descending car

What Power unseen diffuses far

This tenderness of mind?

What Genius smiles on yonder flood?

What God in whispers from the wood 5
Bids every thought be kind?

O ever pleasing Solitude,

Companion of the wise and good,
Thy shades, thy silence, now be mine,
Thy charms my only theme;

My haunt the hollow cliff whose Pine
Waves o'er the gloomy stream;

Whence the scared Owl on pinions grey
Breaks from the rustling boughs,

And down the lone vale sails away
To more profound repose!

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SQUIB.

Sent March 26, 1836, to Crabb Robinson; written, Wordsworth says, immediately on reading Evans's "modest self-defence speech the other day." George de Lacy Evans, an advanced radical reformer, was elected M.P. for Westminster in 1833. In 1835 he took command of the British Legion raised for the service of the Queen Regent of Spain against Don Carlos. The Squib and the Epigram, which follows, are printed in Knight's "Life of Wordsworth," vol. iii. pp. 361, 362.-ED.

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EPIGRAM.

Mrs. Wordsworth sent the following (1836) to Crabb Robinson in answer to the inquiry if her husband had ever written an epigram.-ED.

"To show you that we can write an epigram, we we do not say a good one:

66 ON AN EVENT IN COL. EVANS'S REDOUBTED
PERFORMANCES IN SPAIN.

“The Ball whizz'd by,—it grazed his ear,
And whispered as it flew,

'I only touch-not take-don't fear,
For both, my honest Buccaneer!

Are to the Pillory due.'

"The producer thinks it not amiss, as being murmured between sleep and awake over the fire while thinking of you last night."

TWO TRANSLATIONS OF A QUATRAIN BY MICHELANGELO, AND A TRANSLATION FROM THE LATIN OF THOMAS WARTON.1

Written in vol. i. of Lord Coleridge's copy of "Wordsworth's Poetical Works," ed. 1836-1837. Date unascertained; first published by Professor Knight. The quatrain, found in Vasari, was written in reply to a quatrain by Giovan Battista Strozzi, suggested by Michelangelo's statue of Night. See Symond's "Life of Michelangelo," vol. ii. pp. 35, 36.-ED.

GRATEFUL is Sleep; my life in stone bound fast More grateful still while wrong and shame shall last,

On me can Time no happier state bestow
Than to be left unconscious of the woe.

Ah then, lest you awaken me, speak low.

1 Warton's Latin verses are as follows:

"Somne veni! quamvis placidissima Mortis imago es,
Consortem cupio te tamen esse tori;

Huc ades, haud abiture citò! nam sic sine vita
Vivere quam suave est, sic sine morte mori!"

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GRATEFUL is Sleep, more grateful still to be
Of marble; for while shameless wrong and woe
Prevail, 'tis best to neither hear nor see.

Then wake me not, I pray you. Hush, speak low.

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Come, share my couch, nor speedily depart;
How sweet thus living without life to lie,
Thus without death how sweet it is to die.

INSCRIPTION ON A ROCK AT RYDAL
MOUNT. (1838.)

WOULD'ST thou be gathered to Christ's chosen flock,
Shun the broad way too easily explored,
And let thy path be hewn out of the Rock,
The living Rock of God's eternal Word.

PROTEST AGAINST THE BALLOT. (1838.)

Written 1838; first published in the collected volume of "Sonnets," 1838, and again in an addition of thirty-two pages intended as a supplement to the stereotyped editions, the Advertisement of this supplement being dated Nov. 20th, 1839; afterwards omitted. The second sonnet on the same subject, "Said Secrecy to Fraud,” given in a note in "Sonnets," 1838, was retained in later editions. -ED.

FORTH rushed from Envy sprung and Self-conceit,
A Power misnamed the SPIRIT of REFORM,
And through the astonished Island swept in storm,
Threatening to lay all Orders at her feet

That crossed her way. Now stoops she to entreat Licence to hide at intervals her head

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Where she may work, safe, undisquieted,
In a close Box, covert for Justice meet.

St. George of England! keep a watchful eye

Fixed on the Suitor; frustrate her request

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Stifle her hope; for, if the State comply,
From such Pandorian gift may come a Pest
Worse than the Dragon that bowed low his crest,
Pierced by thy spear in glorious victory.

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