Wordsworth's posture combines the attempt to listen to the past by listening to the ground of an historic battlefield with current military positions of guarding and keeping watch; consider the posture demanded by one pamphlet published in The Anti-Gallican in 1804, which instructs farmers and other inhabitants of Sussex in case of an invasion:
"Address to the Farmers, and Brave Inhabitants of Sussex." The Anti-Gallican; or Standard of British Loyalty, Religion and Liberty; including a collection of the principal papers, tracts, speeches, poems, and songs that have been published on the threatened invasion: together with many original pieces on the same subject I (1805): 378-79.
(25) Unfortunately, this anti-Gallican background has escaped the notice of many critics, who have raised two pseudo-problems: first, some critics consider papal definitions as arbitrary teachings by the pope that do not need the consent of the church; however, this was not what Vatican I meant by "irreformable"; rather, the council rejected the Gallican insistence on subjecting papal decisions to approval by the French government; moreover, Pastor aeternus emphasized that the pope, in making doctrinal decisions, needs to consult the church; thus, infallibility was understood as a charism that the pope exercises in and for the church.
Again, such objections fail to recognize that Vatican I was not using "irreformable" in a philosophical or theological sense, but in a canonical sense, where "irreformable" means "juridically final," that is, "not subject to a further court of appeal." (27) Such a canonical understanding of "irreformable" is evidently congruent with the anti-Gallican stance of the council, which insisted that the definitions of the infallible papal magisterium do not need further approbation, since the pope is speaking definitively in and for the church.