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)
[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:
—————e degli amici
Non lasciava languire i bei pensieri.