1] imprison'd winds: Aeolus, keeper of the winds in classical mythology, would imprison them at the gods' bequest.
2] vane: weather vane.
6] "Like a dark ceiling stand": source unidentified.
11] the Torricellian tube: "The Barometer" (note in 1813 edn.).
16] rook: crow.
19] eyrie: bird of prey's nest.
21] glebe: cultivated land.
25] gig: whipping top.
27] taw: small plant fibres and roots (OED sb. 3).
34] ray refracted: light beam that is bent or deflected.
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Original text: Gilbert White, The Natural
History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton.
To Which are Added, The Naturalist's Calendar; Observations on Various
Parts of Nature; and Poems, New Edn. (London: White, Cochrane, and
others, 1813): 69-71. Facsimile edn., intro. P. G. M. Foster, The Ray Society,
no. 160 (London: The Ray Society, 1993). QH 138 S4W5 1993b Gerstein Library
First publication date: 1789
Publication date note: Gilbert White, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, 1789, facsimile edn. (Menston: Scolar Press, 1970); QH 138 .S4W5 1789A Gerstein Library. See original edn. (London: T. Bensley for B. White, 1789); D-10/2651 RBSC Fisher Rare Book Library. Between nos. XXIV and XXV of White's letters to Thomas Pennant.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2001
Recent editing: 1:2002/4/30
Composition date note: These are the dates of letters XXIV and XXV.
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