Written, November 13, 1814

On November 13 1814, William Wordsworth writes poem on the death of the Vicar of Kendal.

Written, November 13, 1814,

by William Wordsworth
on a blank leaf in a Copy of the Author’s Poem THE EXCURSION, upon hearing of the death of the late Vicar of Kendal.

To public notice, with reluctance strong,
Did I deliver this unfinished Song;
Yet for one happy issue;–and I look
With self-congratulation on the Book
Which pious, learned, MURFITT saw and read;–
Upon my thoughts his saintly Spirit fed;
He conn’d the new-born Lay with grateful heart;
Foreboding not how soon he must depart;
Unweeting that to him the joy was given
Which good men take with them from Earth to Heaven.

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