This arose out of a flash of moonlight that struck the ground when I was approaching the steps that lead from the garden at Rydal Mount to the front of the house. "From her sunk eye a stagnant tear stole forth" is taken, with some loss, from a discarded poem, "The Convict," in which occurred, when he was discovered lying in the cell, these lines:--
            "But now he upraises the deep-sunken eye,
               The motion unsettles a tear;
             The silence of sorrow it seems to supply
               And asks of me--why I am here."