Poems (Wordsworth, 1815)/Volume 2/Written on a blank leaf in a Copy of the Excursion

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Poems Volume II  (1815)  by William Wordsworth
Written on a blank leaf in a Copy of the Excursion


Written, November 13, 1814, on a blank leaf in a Copy of the Author's Poem the Excursion, upon hearing of the death of the late Vicar of Kendal.

To public notice, with reluctance strong,
Did I deliver this unfinished Song;
Yet for one happy issue;—and I look
With self-congratulation on the Book
Which pious, learned Murfitt saw and read;—
Upon my thoughts his saintly Spirit fed;
He conn'd the new-born Lay with grateful heart;
Foreboding not how soon he must depart,
Unweeting that to him the joy was given
Which good Men take with them from Earth to Heaven.