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The Author's Preface to "The Sonnets of William Wordsworth'
3 Some of my friends having expressed a wish to
see all the Sonnets that are scattered through several volumes of my Poems, brought under the eye at once ; this is done in the present publica
tion, with the hope that the collection, made to I please a few, may not be unacceptable to many
others. Twelve new ones are added which were composed while the sheets were going through
My admiration of some of the sonnets of | Milton first tempted me to write in that form.
The fact is not mentioned from a notion that it will be deemed of any importance by the reader, but merely as a public acknowledgment of one of the innumerable obligations which, as a poet and a man, I am under to our great fellowcountryman.
May 21st, 1838
HAPPY the feeling from the bosom thrown
this Gift with more than mild content!
7 Prison And hermits are contented with their cells ;
BOurselves, no prison is : and hence for me, I In sundry moods, 'twas pastime to be bound So Within the Sonnet's scanty plot of ground;
А. Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be ! Who have felt the weight of too much liberty, 1T
Should find brief solace there, as I have found. Admonition Well may'st thou halt-and gaze with brightening B
“ Beloved Vale !” I said, “when I shall con Old Haunts Those many records of
Will press me down : to think of what is gone
I stood, of simple shame the blushing Thrall; 1
So narrow seemed the brooks, the fields so small !
st be ty,
nin Beaumont ! it was thy wish that I should rear At AppleA seemly Cottage in this sunny Dell,
To which our fancies, mingling, gave free scope ook Till checked by some necessities severe.
And should these slacken, honoured BEAUMONT!
Leave of our fate thy wishes to fulfil.
Old Skiddaw will look down upon the Spot das With pride, the Muses love it evermore.