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 34Editor’s NoteXXVIIIst. catherine of ledbury

[Composed?—Published 1835.]

  • Critical Apparatus1When human touch (as monkish books attest)
  • 2Nor was applied nor could be, Ledbury bells
  • 3Broke forth in concert flung adown the dells,
  • 4And upward, high as Malvern's cloudy crest;
  • 5Sweet tones, and caught by a noble Lady blest
  • 6To rapture! Mabel listened at the side
  • 7Of her loved mistress: soon the music died,
  • Critical Apparatus8And Catherine said, Here I set up my rest.
  • Critical Apparatus9Warned in a dream, the Wanderer long had sought
  • Critical Apparatus10A home that by such miracle of sound
  • 11Must be revealed:—she heard it now, or felt
  • 12The deep, deep joy of a confiding thought;
  • Critical Apparatus13And there, a saintly Anchoress, she dwelt
  • 14Till she exchanged for heaven that happy ground.

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Editor’s Note
p. 34. XXVIII. St. Catherine of Ledbury: "Written on a journey from Brinsop Court, Herefordshire."—I. F.
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XXVIII. 1–5
  • Was it the rushing Wind, or Angel Guest
  • Of earth (for human touch, as story tells,
  • Was wanting) that awaken'd Ledbury Bells
  • A supernatural influence to attest?
  • A Wanderer caught the tones—and listened, blest MS.
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8 set] take MS.
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9 Wanderer] Lady MS.
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10–11 that … Must ] which only by that wondrous sound Could MS.
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13 saintly Anchoress] holy Hermitess MS.
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