William Wordsworth

Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 4: Evening Voluntaries; Itinerary Poems of 1833; Poems of Sentiment and Reflection; Sonnets Dedicated to Liberty and Order; Miscellaneous Poems; Inscriptions; Selections From Chaucer; Poems Referring to the Period of Old Age; Epitaphs and Elegiac Pieces; Ode-Intimations of Immortality (Second Edition)

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pg 252VII

[Composed 1809.—Published January 4, 1810 (The Friend); ed. 1815.]

  • 1Not without heavy grief of heart did He
  • 2On whom the duty fell (for at that time
  • 3The father sojourned in a distant land)
  • 4Deposit in the hollow of this tomb
  • 5A brother's Child, most tenderly beloved!
  • 6Francesco was the name the Youth had borne,
  • 7Pozzobonnelli his illustrious house;
  • 8And, when beneath this stone the Corse was laid,
  • 9The eyes of all Savona streamed with tears.
  • 10Alas! the twentieth April of his life
  • 11Had scarcely flowered: and at this early time,
  • 12By genuine virtue he inspired a hope
  • 13That greatly cheered his country: to his kin
  • 14He promised comfort; and the flattering thoughts
  • pg 25315His friends had in their fondness entertained,1
  • 16He suffered not to languish or decay.
  • 17Now is there not good reason to break forth
  • 18Into a passionate lament?—O Soul!
  • 19Short while a Pilgrim in our nether world,
  • 20Do thou enjoy the calm empyreal air;
  • 21And round this earthly tomb let roses rise,
  • 22An everlasting spring! in memory
  • 23Of that delightful fragrance which was once
  • 24From thy mild manners quietly exhaled.


1 In justice to the Author, I subjoin the original:

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