| Quote #1
If Derwent be innocent, steady, and wise, (11)
This line puzzled us when we first read it. In addition to being Coleridge's son's name, the Derwent is also a river in northern England. So for a second, it's easy to confuse the two Derwents, especially if one doesn't know that it's Coleridge's son's name.
| Quote #2
If Derwent be innocent, steady, and wise,
The rhyme on "wise" and "skies" is interesting. Could there be some relationship between "delighting" in nature and wisdom? Alternatively, it could also mean that those who are "wise" are somehow equivalent to the "skies," in beauty or grandeur.
| Quote #3
Could you stand upon Skiddaw, you would not from its whole ridge
"Could" is an interesting word for it implies that Derwent is not able to stand on the top of Skiddaw (maybe it's because he's too young?). Either way, nature can be daunting, something we cannot conquer.