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GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK ST., COVENT GARDEN
THE POETICAL WORKS OF
EDITED WITH MEMOIR BY
IN SEVEN VOLUMES
NEW YORK : 112, FOURTH AVENUE
The Prelude," therefore, should properly be
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
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.”