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All vain desires, all lawless wishes
quelled, Be Thou to love and praise alike im
pelled Whatever boon is granted or withheld.
1844. 1845. THE UNREMITTING VOICE OF
THE unremitting voice of nightly
streamns That wastes so oft, we think, its tune
ful powers, If neither soothing to the worm that
gleams Through dewy grass, nor small birds
hushed in bowers, Nor unto silent leaves and drowsy
flowers, That voice of unpretending harmony (For who what is shall measure by what
seems To be, or not to be, Or tax high Heaven with prodigality ?) Wants not a healing influence that can
AFFECTIONS lose their object; Time
brings forth No successors ; and, lodged in memory, If lore exist no longer, must die, Wanting accustomed food, must pass
froin earth, Or never hope to reach a second birth. This sad belief, the happiest that is left To thousands, share not Thou ; howe'er
bereft, Scorned, or neglected, fear not such a
dearth. Though poor and destitute of friends
thou art, Perhaps the sole survivor of thy race, One to whom Heaven assigns that
mournful part The utmost solitude of age to face, Still shall be left some corner of the
heart Where Love for living Thing can find a place.
LIST OF REFERENCES
* POETICAL WORKS, 1 volume, edited by James Dykes Campbell, The Macmillan Co., 1893 (Globe Edition). — POEMS, 1 volume, edited by E. H. Coleridge, John Lane, 1907 (Illustrated Edition). -- POEMS AND DRAMATIC WORKS, edited by William Knight, Scribner's, 1906 (Caxton Thin Paper Classics). COMPLETE WORKS, 7 volumes, edited by W. G. T. Shedd, Harper & Bros., 1853, 1884 (a rather poor edition). – POETICAL WORKS, 2 volumes, PROSE WORKS, 6 volumes, edited by T. Ashe, 1885. – POETICAL WORKS, 1 volume, Crowell & Co., 1908 (Astor Edition). - LETTERS, edited by E. H. Coleridge, 2 volumes, 1895.
BIOGRAPHY GILLMAN (James), The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I, 1838 (all published). — BRANDL (Alois), Samuel Taylor Coleridge und die englische Romantik, Berlin, 1886. (English edition by Lady Eastlake, assisted by the author, 1887.) - TRAILL (H. D.), Coleridge (English Men of Letters Series), 1884. —CAINE (T. Hall), Coleridge (Great Writers Series), 1887. — *CAMPBELL (J. D.), Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a Narrative of the Events of his Life, 1894. — AYNARD (Joseph), La Vie d'un Poète: Coleridge, Paris, 1907. – (See also knight's Life of Wordsworth.)
PERSONAL REMINISCENCES AND EARLY CRITICISM COLERIDGE (S. T.), Biographia Literaria. Table Talk. Letters, edited by Ernest Hartley Coleridge. - Anima Poetæ, Selections from the unpublished Note-Books of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edited by Ernest Hartley Coleridge. - Letters, Conversations, and Recollections of S. T. Coleridge, edited by Thomas Allsop. — Memoir and Letters of Sara Coleridge, edited by her daughter. - COTTLE (Joseph), Early Recollections of S. T. Coleridge. — TALFOURD (T. N.), Final Memorials of Lamb. — ROBINSON (H. C.), Diary. - HAZLITT (William), My First Acquaintance with Poets.
HAZLITT (William), Spirit of the Age. - Hazlitt (William), Lectures on the English Poets; Lecture 8. – DE QUINCEY (Masson's Edition), Vol. V, Coleridge and Opium-Eating. -- MITFORD (M. R.), Recollections of a Literary Life. -- WILSON (John), Essays. — JEFFREY (Lord Francis), Critical Essays: Coleridge's Literary Life. — * CARLYLE, Life of Sterling, Part I, Chap. 8. — LAMB (Charles), Works: * Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago; Recollections of Christ's Hospital; On the Death of Coleridge; Letters. — * WORDSWORTH (Dorothy), Journals. -- SOUTHEY (R.), Life and Correspondence.
LATER CRITICISM BEERS (H. A.), English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century, 1901. - CESTRE (Charles), La Révolution française et les poètes anglais, 1906. –
CALVERT (G. H.), Coleridge, Shelley, Goethe, 1880. — COLERIDGE (E. H.), in Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature, Vol. III, new edition, 1901. — DOWDEN (E lward), New Studies in Literature: Coleridge as a Poet, 1895. DOWDEN (Edward), French Revolution and English Literature, Essay IV, 1897. — * GARNETT (R.). Essays of an Ex-Librarian, 1901. --LEGOUIS (Emile), La Jeunesse de William Wordsworth, 1896. * LOWELL (J. R.), Prose Works, Vol. VI (Address of 1887). –
* MILL (J. S.), Dissertations and Discussions. — * PATER (Walter), Appreciations (Essay of 1865). — PAYNE (W. M.), The Greater English Poets of the Nineteenth Century, 1997. – ROBERTSON (John W.), New Essays towards a Critical Method, 1897. — SAINTSBURY (G.), Essays in English Literature, second series: Coleridge and Southey, 1895. -- SHAIRP (J. C.), Studies in Poetry and Philosophy, 1868, 1887.---STEPHEN (Leslie), Hours in a Library, Vol. III, new edition, 1892. — SWINBURNE (A. C.), Essays and Studies, 1875. — Symons (A.), Coleridge, in the International Quarterly, JuneSept., 1904. – WATSON (William), Excursions in Criticism, 1893. – WINTER (W.), Shakspere's England: At the Grave of Coleridge, 1886. - WOODBERRY (G. E.), Makers of Literature (1890), 1900.
BAYNE (Peter), Essays, Vol. II, 1858. - BROOKE (Stopford A.), Theology in the English Poets, 1874. - CHANCELLOR (E. B.), Literary Types, 1895. -- Cooper (Lane), The Abyssinian Paradise in Coleridge and Milton, in Modern Philology, Jan., 1906 (a note on Kubla Khan).— DAWSON (G.), Biographical Lectures, 1886. -- Dawson (W. J.), Makers of English Poetry, 1906. — FROTHINGHAM (0. B.), Transcendentalism in New England, 1876. HANCOCK (A. E.), The French Revolution and the English Poets, 1899. – HELMHOLTZ (A. A.), The Indebtedness of Coleridge to A. W. von Schlegel, Madison, 1907. – JOHNSON (C. F.), Three Americans and Three Englishmen, 1886. - MITCHELL (D. G.), English Lands, Letters and Kings, Vol. III, 1895. - LANG (Andrew), Poets' Country, 1907. Ossoli (M. F.), Art, Literature and the Drama. — ROSSETTI (W.M.), Lives of Famous Poets, 1878. — SHARP (R. F.), Architects of English Literature, 1900. — SHEDD (W. G.T.), Literary Essays, 1878. ---SYMONS (A.), Romantic Movement in English Poetry, 1909.
TRIBUTES IN VERSE SHELLEY, To Coleridge. -- * ROSSETTI (D. G.). Five English Poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge. -- DE VERE (Aubrey), Poetical Works, Vol. 1: Sonnets: To Coleridge; Miscellaneous Poems: Coleridge; Vol. III: On visiting a Haunt of Coleridge's. - BROWNING (E. B.), A Vision of Poets. WATTS-DUNTON (T.), Coleridge (in Stedman's Victorian Anthology). WATSON (William), Lines in a Fly-Leaf of Christabel. — HELLMAN (G. S.), The Hudson and other Poems, 1909.
SHEPHERD (R. H.), Bibliography of Coleridge; revised by W. F. Prideaux, 1900. — *HANEY (J. L.), Bibliography of S. T. Coleridge, 1903.
As late I journey'd o'er the extensive
plain Where native Otter sports his scanty
stream, Musing in torpid woe a sister's pain, The glorious prospect woke me from
At erery step it widen'd to my sight, Wood, Meadow, verdant Hill, and dreary
Steep, Following in quick succession of delight, Till all-at once-did my eye ravish'd
May this (I cried) my course through
Life portray! New scenes of wisdom may each step
display, And knowledge open as my days ad
vance! Till what time Death shall pour the un
darken'd ray, My eye shal! dart thro' infinite ex
panse, And thought suspended lie in rapture's blissful trance.
September, 1789. 1834.1
Bathed in rich amber-glowing floods of
light; Nor in yon gleam, where slow descends
the day, With western peasants hail the morning Ah ! rather bid the perished pleasures
move, A shadowy train, across the soul of
Love! O'er disappointment's wintry desert fling Each flower that wreathed the dewy
locks of Spring, When blushing, like a bride, from Hope's
trim bower She leapt, awakened by the pattering
shower, Now sheds the sinking Sun a deeper
gleam, Aid, lovely Sorceress! aid thy Poet's
dream! With faery wand O bid the Maid arise, Chaste Joyance dancing in her bright.
blue eyes ; As erst when from the Muses' calm
abode I came, with Learning's meed not un
bestowed ; When as she twined a laurel round my
brow, And met my kiss, and half returned my O'er all my frame shot rapid my thrilled
heart, And every nerve confessed the electric
dart. O dear Deceit! I see the Maiden rise, Chaste Joyance dancing in her bright.
blue eyes! When first the lark high-soaring swells
his throat, Mocks the tired eye, and scatters the
loud note, I trace her footsteps on the accustomed
ON AN AUTUMNAL EVENING
O THOU wild Fancy, check thy wing!
No more Those thin white flakes, those purple
clouds explore ! Nor there with happy spirits speed thy
1 The dates for Coleridge's poems are made up from the Shepherd-Prideaux and the Haney bibliographies, and from the excellent notes to Campbell's edition of the Poetical Works.
Or mine the power of Proteus, changeful
God ! 1 A flower-entangled Arbor I would seerr. To shield my Love from Noontide's
sultry beam : Or bloom a Myrtle, from whose odorous
boughs My Love might weave gay garlands for
her brows. When Twilight stole across the fading
vale, To fan my Love I'd be the Evening
Gale; Mourn in the soft folds of her swelling
vest, And flutter my faint pinions on her
breast! On Seraph wing I'd foat a Dream by
night, To soothe my Love with shadows of
delight: Or soar aloft to be the Spangled Skies, And gaze upon her with a thousand
eyes ! As when the Savage, who his drowsy
frame Had basked beneath the Sun's unclouded
flame, Awakes amid the troubles of the air, The skiey deluge, and white lightning's
glareAghast he scours before the tempest's
sweep, And sad recalls the sunny hour of
sleep :So tossed by storms along Life's wilder
Spirits of Love! ye heard her name!
Obey The powerful spell, and to my haunt
repair. Whether on clustering pinions ye are
there, Where rich shows blossom the
Myrtle-trees, Or with fond languishment around my
fair Sigh in the loose luxuriance of her
hair ; O heed the spell, and hither wing your
way. Like far-off music, voyaging the breeze! Spirits ! to you the infant Maid was
given Formed by the wondrous Alchemy of
Heaven! No fairer Maid does Love's wide empire
know, Vo fairer Maid e'er heaved the bosom's
snow. A thousand Loves around her forehead
fly; A thousand Loves sit melting in her eye ; Love lights her smile-in Joy's red
nectar dips His myrtle flower, and plants it on her
lips. She speaks! and hark that passion
warbled song Still, Fancy! still that voice, those notes,
prolong, As sweet as when that voice with rap
turous falls hall wake the softened echoes of
Heaven's Halls! O (have I sigh’d) were mine the wiz
Mine eye reverted views that cloudless
day, When by my native brook I wont to
love, While Hope with kisses nursed the In.
fant Love. Jear native brook! like Peace,
placidly Smoothing through fertile fields thy
current meek! Dear native brook! where first young
Poesy Stared wildly-eager in her noontide
dream! Where blameless pleasures dimple Quiet's
cheek, "I entreat the Public's pardon for having care. lessly suffered to be printed such intolerable stuff as this and the thirteen following lines. They have not the merit even of originality : as every thought is to be found in the Greek Epigrams (From Coleridge's note in the Poems, 1700.)