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NOTE L.

(See pp. 141 and 418.) Since the foregoing sheets had gone to press, I have had access to the original MSS. of The Excursion; and have found that the point which is discussed—both in the note to p. 141 and in note E in this Appendix—is set conclusively at rest, by one of the earlier (discarded) readings of the text in Wordsworth's own handwriting.

" and verily was cheered
By the blithe Mocking Bird, and heard alone

The melancholy cry of whip-pow-will."
Another version of the last line is also given,

“The plaintive cry repeated whip-poor-will." I now entertain no doubt that Wordsworth had first of all met with the name of this bird, whip-pow-will, in Waterton's Wanderings (a copy of which he possessed), and that he afterwards exchanged it-before sending his Excursion to press, in 1814–for the more musical Indian name, Muccawiss.

PRINTED BY TURNBULL AND SPEARS, EDINBURGH.

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