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THE

E X CURS I O N ;

LAOL.COL.
BEING A PORTION OF

THE RECLUSE, OR

a Poem.

BY

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,

PATZEA OSTER-RCH,

825

Printed by A. ata R. Spottiswoode, 3. Priniers-Streei, London.

то

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

WILLIAM, EARL OF LONSDALE, K. G. &c. &c.

Ort, through thy fair domains, illustrious Peer!
In youth I roamed, on youthful pleasures bent;
And mused in rocky cell or sylvan tent,
Beside swift-flowing Lowther's current clear.
– Now, by thy care befriended, I appear
Before thee, LONSDALE, and this Work present,
A token (may it prove a monument !)
Of high respect and gratitude sincere.
Gladly would I have waited till my task
Had reached its close ; but Life is insecure,
And Hope full oft fallacious as a dream:
Therefore, for what is here produced I ask
Thy favour; trusting that thou wilt not deem
The Offering, though imperfect, premature.

William WORDSWORTA.

Rydal Mount, Westmorland,
July 29. 1814.

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