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intended to be introductory to the RECLUSE, and that the Recluse, if completed, would have consisted of Three Parts. Of these, the Second Part alone,
viz., the EXCURSION, was finished, and given to the
world by the Author.
The First Book of the First Part of the RECLUSE
still remains in manuscript ; but the Third Part was
only planned. The materials of which it would have been formed have, however, been incorporated, for the most part, in the Author's other Publications,
written subsequently to the ExcuRSION.
The Friend, to whom the present Poem is addressed, was the late SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, who was
resident in Malta, for the restoration of his health,
when the greater part of it was composed.
Mr. Coleridge read a considerable portion of the Poem while he was abroad ; and his feelings, on hearing it recited by the Author (after his return
to his own country) are recorded in his Verses, addressed to Mr. Wordsworth, which will be found in the “Sibylline Leaves,” p. 197, ed. 1817, or “Poetical Works, by S. T. Coleridge,” vol. i., p. 206.
July 13th, 1850.