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Impatiently, ill done, or left undone,
If Wordsworth and his sister in their early life seem to have too exclusively glorified Nature, it cannot with any shadow of reason be said that they were at any period devoid of that faith and trust in the Creator through which we receive Nature's most beneficent lessons. It is, indeed, noticeable that during their Scottish tour no difference seems to have been made in the days of the week—that their Sundays were spent in travel. Such a thing is certainly to be regretted, which in after years probably no one would have been more ready than they to acknowledge. Thus the last entry in that journal—one made after an interval of many years—we find as follows: October 4th, 1832.-‘‘I find that this tour was both begun and ended on a Sunday. I am sorry that it should have been so, though I hope and trust that our thoughts and feelings were not seldom as pious and serious as if we had duly attended a place devoted to public worship. My sentiments have undergone a great change since 1803 respecting the absolute necessity of keeping the Sabbath by a regular attendance at church.-D. W.” It cannot be doubted that the feeling which dictated those words marks a distinct advance. I doubt not that Miss Wordsworth was able to worship the Creator as devoutly on the green slope of a sun
crowned mountain or in the solemn woods, murmuring
their eternal mysterious secrets, as in the public assembly
of saints. And such would be in accord with the glow
line which he could wish to blot. To this happy and
rare result his sister contributed. Remembering the
In illustration of Miss Wordsworth's own literary style,
which have been deemed worthy to have a place with
Šthose of her brother, as well as a journal of a tour on
Jllswater. >what most in-her-journals arrests the
\ oattention ) is her unusual quickness and minuteness of ...” observation, combined with a graceful and poetic diction.
With her ardent love of Nature, nothing seems to have
was yielding to a gust of wind, with all its tender twigs;
- quoted in this volume it will be seen that they exhibit
the same fluent, graceful, and animated style which characterised all her productions.
- “I have seen That reverent form bowed down with age and pain, And rankling malady. Yet not for this Ceased she to praise her Maker, or withdraw - t Her trust in Him, her faith, and humble hope; So meekly had she learnt to bear her cross— For she had studied patience in the school Of Christ; much comfort she had thence derived, ...And was a follower of the NAZARENE.” LAMB.