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IF thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
IN N the following pages I have endeavoured to
give the best of Wordsworth's earlier short poems. They are arranged, as nearly as can be ascertained, in the chronological order of their composition; the date of each poem being appended.
The earlier texts have been followed, except in a few cases where the later readings were preferable.
The present selection will, I trust, confirm the general opinion that Wordsworth's early work is his best. All the poems here given were composed between the Poet's sixteenth and fiftieth years; and the greater portion of them between the years 1798 and 1808. Wordsworth was born 1770 ; died 1850.
J. R. TUTIN.