William Wordsworth

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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pg 350Editor’s NoteXVIIconversion

  • 1Prompt transformation works the novel Lore;
  • 2The Council closed, the Priest in full career
  • 3Rides forth, an armèd man, and hurls a spear
  • 4To desecrate the Fane which heretofore
  • 5He served in folly. Woden falls, and Thor
  • 6Is overturned; the mace, in battle heaved
  • 7(So might they dream) till victory was achieved,
  • 8Drops, and the God himself is seen no more.
  • 9Temple and Altar sink, to hide their shame
  • 10Amid oblivious weeds. "O come to me,
  • 11Ye heavy laden!" such the inviting voice
  • Editor’s Note12Heard near fresh streams;1 and thousands, who rejoice
  • 13In the new Rite—the pledge of sanctity,
  • 14Shall, by regenerate life, the promise claim.

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p. 350. XVII. Conversion: from Bede.
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12. Heard near fresh streams] The early propagators of Christianity were accustomed to preach near rivers, for the convenience of baptism.—W.
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1 See Note.
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