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GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK ST., COVENT GARDEN

THE POETICAL WORKS OF

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

EDITED WITH MEMOIR BY

EDWARD DOWDEN

IN SEVEN VOLUMES

VOL. VI

LONDON

NEW YORK : 112, FOURTH AVENUE

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CHISWICK PRESS :-C. WHITTINGHAM AND CO., TOOKS COURT,

CHANCERY LANE.

The Prelude," therefore, should properly be

EDITOR'S NOTE.

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FOLLOWING, as the present edition does, the last text of Wordsworth's lifetime, 1849-50, "The Excursion” is given immediately after the “Ode.

Intimations of Immortality." "The Prelude” follows as a

poem

of thumous publication. Had this course not been adopted, the whole of “The Excursion" with Appendices and Indexes would have been too bulky for one volume, and “The Excursion" must have been divided between vol. vi. and vol. vii., which would have been highly undesirable. The reader, however, must bear in mind that “The Prelude”

is a poem introductory to the unfinished “ Recluse,” of which «The Excursion,” designed for the Second Part, was the only Part completed.

read before “The Excursion.”

OOKS COURT,

E. D.

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