radicalism of temperament and instinct.
tells us that in 1809 Sir George Beaumont
said to him and Wilkie
may perhaps walk in; if he do, I caution you both against his terrific democratic notions’; and it must have been many years later that Wordsworth
himself told Crabb Robinson
, ‘I have no respect whatever for Whigs, but I have a great deal of the Chartist in me.’
In 1802, during his tour in Scotland
, he travelled on Sundays as on the other days of the week.1
He afterwards became a theoretical churchgoer.
defended earnestly the Church
He even said he would shed his blood for it. Nor was he disconcerted by a laugh raised against him on account of his having confessed that he knew not when he had been in a church in his own country.
“All our ministers are so vile,” said he. The mischief of allowing the clergy to depend on the caprice of the multitude he thought more than outweighed all the evils of an establishment.’2
In December, 1792, Wordsworth
had returned to England
, and in the following year published ‘Descriptive Sketches’ and the ‘Evening Walk.’
He did this, as he says in one of his letters, to show that, although he had gained no honors at the University
, he could
They met with no great success, and he afterward corrected them so much as to destroy all their interest as juvenile productions, without communicating to them any of the merits of maturity.
In commenting, sixty years afterward, on a couplet in one of these poems,—
And, fronting the bright west, the oak entwines
Its darkening boughs and leaves in stronger lines,—