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THE

EXCURSION,

BEING A PORTION OF

THE RECLUSE.

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

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

Oft, 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 WORDSWORTH.

Rydal MOUNT, WESTMORELAND,

July 29. 1814.

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