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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 o please a few, may not be unacceptable to many
others. Twelve new ones are added which were composed while the sheets were going through the press.
My admiration of some of the sonnets of 45 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, ig 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 fellow70 countryman. 11 RYDAL Mount,
May 21st, 1838
HAPPY the feeling from the bosom thrown
18277 “Below Those Remem Will pr
And students with their pensive citadels ;
By dout I stood,
So narro A Jugel
Admonition Well may’st thou halt--and gaze with brightening BEAUMO
The lovely Cottage in the guardian nook
Leave o Whethe
“ Beloved Vale ! ” I said, “when I shall con Old Haunts n: Those many records of my childish years,
revisited m; • Remembrance of myself and of my peers ' Will press me down : to think of what is gone
Will be an awful thought, if life have one." m. But, when into the Vale I came, no fears
Distressed me ; from mine eyes escaped no tears ;
A Juggler's balls old Time about him tossed ;
nin BEAUMONT ! it was thy wish that I should rear At AppleA seemly Cottage in this sunny Dell,
thwaite, near On favoured ground, thy gift, where I might dwell ook In neighbourhood with One to me most dear,
That undivided we from year to year
To which our fancies, mingling, gave free scope
And should these slacken, honoured Beaumont ! min still 200 Even then we may perhaps in vain implore
Leave of our fate thy wishes to fulfil.
Whether this boon be granted us or not, - Old Skiddaw will look down upon the Spot, das With pride, the Muses love it evermore.