the r, put it in the wrong place-after the o
, instead of before it. This was a slip of the pen only; but it was that word “heavily” which cost him a struggle.
The words “too heavily” were next crossed out, and under them written “too sleepily” ; then this last word was again erased, and the word “drowsily” was finally substituted — the only expression in the English
language, perhaps, which could have precisely indicated the exact shade of debilitating languor he meant.
In the other stanza, it is noticeable that he spells “melancholy,” through heedlessness, “melanancholy,” which gives a curious effect of prolonging and deepening the incantation; and this error he does not discover or correct.
In the same way he spells “fit” “fitt,” having perhaps in mind the “fytte” of the earlier poets.
These are trifles, but when he alters the line, which originally stood
“But when the melancholy fit shall come,” and for “come” substitutes “fall,” we see at once, besides the merit of the soft alliteration, that he gives more of the effect of doom and suddenness.
“Come” was clearly too businesslike.
Afterward, instead of
“Then feed thy sorrow on a morning rose,”