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Note to the Poem on REVISITING THE WYÈ, V. I. p. 753.-11
I have not ventured to call this Poem an Ode; but it was written with a hope that in the transitions, and the impassioned music of the versification would be found the principal requisites of that species of composition.
Notes to the Poem of the BROTHERS. VOL. 11. NOTE 1, Page 25, line 15. “ There were two Springs that bubbled side by side.” The impressive circumstance here described actually took place some years ago in this country, upon an eminence called Kidstow Pike, one of the highest of the mountains that surround Hawes-water. The summit of the Pike was stricken by lightning, and every trace of one of the fountains disappeared while the other continued to flow as before.
NOTE 2. Page 27, line 11. “ The thought of death sits easy on the man," &c. There is not any thing more worthy of remark in the manners of the inhabitants of these mountains, than the tranquillity, I might say indifference, with which they think and talk upon the subject of Death. Some of the country church yards, as here described, do not contain a single tombstone, and most of them have a very small number.
NOTES to the Poem of MICHAEL. NOTE s. Page 159, line 12. « There's Richard Bateman," &c. The Story alluded to here is well known in the country. The Chapel is called Ings Chapel; and is on the right hand side of the road leading from Kendal to Ambleside. NOTE 2. Page 162, line 1. «
had design'd to build a Sheep-fold,” &c. It may be proper to inform some readers, that a sheep-fold in these mountains is an unroofed building of stone walls with different divisions. It is generally placed by the side of a brook for the convenience of washing the sheep; but it is also useful as a shelter for them, and as a place to drive them into, to enable the shepherds conveniently to single out one or more for any particular purpose