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more easy for pacing to and fro, when old age began to make him feel the acclivity of the other terrace to be toilsome. Both these terraces command beautiful views of the vale of the Rothay, and the banks of the lake of Windermere.
The ascending terrace leads to an arbour lined with fir-cones, from which, passing onward, on opening the latched door, we have a view of the lower end of RYDAL LAKE, and of the long, wooded, and rocky hill of Loughrigg, beyond and above it. Close to this arbour-door is a beautiful sycamore, with five fine Scotch firs in the foreground, and a deep bay of wood, to the left and front, of oak, ash, holly, hazel, fir, and birch. The terrace path here winds gently off to the right, and becomes what was called by the Poet and his household the “ Far TERRACE, on the mountain's side:”.
“ To I. F.
More heavenly bright than when it leads the morn,
“ WILLIAM WORDSWORTU. Rydal Mount, Feb. 1840.”
Bright is the star which comes at eve to shine
And such is Friendship, whether the forlorn," &c. The MSS. Notes, so often referred to in the present Memoir, are due to this friend, who induced Mr. Wordsworth to dictate them ; and it is therefore to this friendship that posterity will owe the main part of its knowledge of the circumstances under which Mr. Wordsworth's Poems were composed.
In the present Memoir these Notes will be cited as “MSS. I. F.”
These MSS. Notes are now in the possession of Mr. Wordsworth's son-in-law, EDWARD QUILLINAN, Esq., to whose liberality I am indebted for the free use of them in the present Memoir.
“The Poet's hand first shaped it, and the steps
Forbad the weeds to creep o'er its grey line.”ı
“ scattered to the heedless winds The vocal raptures of fresh poesy;" and here he was often
“ locked In earnest converse with beloved friends." The “far terrace," after winding along in a serpentine line for about 150 feet, ends at a little gate, beyond which is a beautiful well of clear water, called " the Nab Well,” which was to the poet of Rydal a professed water-drinker ? — what the Bandusian fount was to the Sabine bard :
“ Thou hast cheered a simple board
I Vol. v. p. 61., Inscription ix. beginning
“ The massy ways,” &c. 2 See vol. v. p. 249., from Pref. to edit. of 1815. 3 From an unpublished poem “To the Nab Well," "composed
Returning to the arbour, we descend, by a narrow flight of stone steps, to the kitchen-garden, and, passing through it southward, we open a gate and enter a field, sloping down to the valley, and called, from its owner's name, “ Dora's field.” Not far on the right, on entering this field, is the stone bearing the inscription,
“ In these fair vales hath many a tree
At Wordsworth's suit been spared.'
Was rescued by the Bard." And the concluding lines will now be read with pathetic interest:
- So let it rest; and time will come,
When here the tender-hearted
As one of the departed.” 2 Near the same gate, we see a pollard oak, on the top of whose trunk may yet be discerned some leaves of the primrose which sheltered the wren's nest :
“she who planned the mossy lodge,
Mistrusting her evasive skill,
Her wishes to fulfil." 3 On the left of this gate we see another oak, and beneath it a pool, to which the gold and silver fish, once swimming in a vase in the library of the house, were transported for the enjoyment of greater freedom:
when a probability existed of our being obliged to quit Rydal Mount as a residence,” 1826. | Vol. v. p. 64., written 1830.
2 1830. 3 Vol. ii. p. 57., “A Wren's Nest.”
“ Removed in kindness from their glassy cell
To the fresh waters of a living well;
No winds disturb." I The verses which were suggested by the various fortunes of the fish will here be remembered with pleasure. Passing the pool, and then turning to the right, we come to some stone steps leading down the slope ; and to the right, engraven on the rock, is the following inscription, allusive to the character of the descent: “Would'st thou be gathered to Christ's chosen flock,
Shun the broad way too easily explored,
The living Rock of God's eternal Word.”.
| See vol. v. p. 10–12., “Gold and Silver Fishes in a Vase,” and “Liberty."
3 The following lines, descriptive of Rydal Mount, are from the pen of a person for whom Mr. Wordsworth entertained an affectionate regard. (See note to poem entitled “Liberty," vol. v. p. 16.)
" THE POET'S HOME.”
BY MISS JEWSBURY.
(Published in the Literary Magnet for 1826.)
Are its walls for mantling green ;
It has been made familiar to many eyes by engravings, especially by one prefixed to the one-volume
Then, far off, a glorious sheen
“ M. J. J."