Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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Editor’s NoteXIIInear the same lake

  • 1For action born, existing to be tried,
  • 2Powers manifold we have that intervene
  • 3To stir the heart that would too closely screen
  • 4Her peace from images to pain allied.
  • 5What wonder if at midnight, by the side
  • 6Of Sanguinetto or broad Thrasymene,
  • 7The clang of arms is heard, and phantoms glide,
  • 8Unhappy ghosts in troops by moonlight seen;
  • 9And singly thine, O vanquished Chief! whose corse,
  • 10Unburied, lay hid under heaps of slain:
  • 11But who is He?—the Conqueror. Would he force
  • 12His way to Rome? Ah, no,—round hill and plain
  • 13Wandering, he haunts, at fancy's strong command,
  • 14This spot—his shadowy death-cup in his hand.

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Editor’s Note
p. 218. XIII. Near the same Lake. 9. vanquished chief] the Roman consul, C. Flaminius.
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