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Since the Chronological Table of the Poems was compiled, I have had access through the kindness of the Poet's son-to the Grasmere Journals, written by Miss Wordsworth in the years 1800, 1801, and 1802. These journals have enabled me to fix with more minute accuracy the date of the composition of several of the Poems. The Chronological Table, however, having been printed beforehand could not be altered, -although the Poems themselves have been placed in their proper order,—and I therefore make one or two corrections of the Table in this Prefatory Note, along with a few addenda.
1801. The specimens of Chaucer modernized (The Prioress' Tale,
Troilus and Cressida, and The Cuckoo and the Nightingale), which were not published till 1820 and 1842 respectively,and which were therefore assigned to these years in the Chronological Table, in the absence of any more authentic information as to date
- were written in the year 1801. The Prioress' Tale being finished on Dec. 5th, and The Cuckoo and the Nightingale
on Dec. 8th of that year. 1802. The exact date of The Rainbow is March 26. The Redbreast
chasing the Butterfly was written not in 1806, but on the 18th of April 1802. To a Butterfly, “ I've watched you many an
hour,” &c., was written April 20, 1802. 1803. To the Sons of Burns. Aug. 18, 1803, was the day on which
Wordsworth visited the grave of Burns; but this address to his
Sons was written “long afterwards." 1804. For Cookoo, read Cuckoo. 1816. The Translation of part of the First Book of the Æneid was first
published in 1832, in the Canıbridge “ Philological Museum.” 1832. Sonnet on the Gravestone in the cloisters of Worcester
Cathedral, read “ Miserrimus, and neither name nor date."
1838. Sonnet, Protest against the Ballot, “ Forth rushed from Envy
Sprung, and Self-Conceit.”
measure to dispense.” 1842. The Eagle, and the Dove.