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a Collection

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SIBYLLINE

LEAVES:

By S. T. Coleridge, Esq.
Rest Fenner, 23 Paternoster

Poems.
LONDON
Row. 1817.

Octavo, pp. xii.; 303.

PREFACE

THE following collection has been entitled SIBYLLINE LEAVES, in allusion to the fragmentary and widely-scattered state in which they have been long suffered to remain. It contains the whole of the author's poetical compositions, from 1793 to the present date, with the exception of a few works not yet finished, and those published in the first edition of his juvenile poems, over which he has no controul. [He forgets The Eolian Harp,' printed here from the Poems of 1796.] They may be divided into three classes: First, A selection from the Poems added to the second and third editions, together with those originally published in the LYRICAL BALLADS, which after having remained many years out of print, have been omitted by Mr. Wordsworth in the recent collection of all his minor poems, and of course revert to the author. Second, Poems published at very different periods, in various obscure or perishable journals, etc., some with, some without the writer's conThe sent; many imperfect, all incorrect. third and last class is formed of Poems which have hitherto remained in manuscript. The whole is now presented to the reader collectively, with considerable additions and alterations, and as perfect as the author's judgment and powers could render them.

In my Literary Life, it has been mentioned that, with the exception of this preface, the SIBYLLINE LEAVES have been printed almost two years; and the necessity of troubling the reader with the list of errata [forty-seven in number] which follows this preface, alone induces me to refer again to the circumstances, at the risk of ungenial feelings, from the recollection of its worthless causes. A few corrections of later date have been added.

1 See note at end of List of Contents.-ED.

Henceforward the author must be occupied by studies of a very different kind.

Ite hinc, CAMCENA! Vos quoque ite, suaves, Dulces CAMENA! Nam (fatebimur verum) Dulces fuistis!-Et tamen meas chartas Revisitote sed pudenter et raro !

VIRGIL, Catalect. vii.

At the request of the friends of my youth, who still remain my friends, and who were pleased with the wildness of the compositions, I have added two school-boy poems -with a song modernized with some additions from one of our elder poets. Surely, malice itself will scarcely attribute their insertion to any other motive, than the wish to keep alive the recollections from early life. I scarcely knew what title I should prefix to the first. By imaginary Time, I meant the state of a schoolboy's mind when, on his return to school, he projects his being in his day-dreams, and lives in his next holidays, six months hence and this I contrasted with real Time.

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Frost at Midnight.

Fire, Famine and Slaughter, a War

Eclogue. With an Apologetic Preface.

[The Ap. Pref. here first printed.] [Half-title] · Love- Poems.' [On the reverse

of which are printed cleven (Latin)

lines from Petrarch.'] Love. Lewti, or the Circassian Love-Chant. The Picture, or the Lover's Resolution. The Night-Scene : A Dramatic Fragment. *To an Unfortunate Woman, whom the

Author had known in the days of her

innocence.
To an Unfortunate Woman at the Theatre.
Lines composed in a Concert-room.
The Keep-sake.
To a Lady, with Falconer's 'Shipwreck.'
To a Young Lady, on her recovery from a

Fever.
Something childish, but

very natural.
Written in Germany.
Home-sick. Written in Germany.
Answer to a Child's Question.
The Visionary Hope.
The Happy Husband. A Fragment.
Recollections of Love.
On Re-visiting the sea-shore, after long

absence, under strong medical recom

mendation not to bathe. [Half-title] Meditative Poems in Blank

Verse.' [On the reverse of which are printed eight lines translated from

'Schiller.') Hymn before Sunrise, in the Vale of

Chamouny. Lines written in the Album at Elbingerode,

in the Hartz Forest. *On observing a blossom on the ist Febru

ary, 1796. * The Eolian Harp, composed at Clevedon,

Somersetshire. *Reflections on having left a Place of Re

tirement, * To the Rev. George Coleridge, of Ottery

St. Mary, Devon. With some Poems. Inscription for a Fountain on a Heath. A Tombless Epitaph. This Lime-tree bower my prison. To a Friend who had declared his intention

of writing no more Poetry. To a Gentleman, Composed on the night

after his recitation of a Poem on the

Growth of an Individual Mind. The Nightingale; a Conversation Poem.

The Three Graves, A fragment of a

Sexton's tale. [With a half-title.) [Half-title] Odes and Miscellancous

Poems.' Dejection : An Ode. Ode to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire,

on the 24th stanza in her ‘Passage

over Mount Gothard.' Ode to Tranquillity. * To a Young Friend, on his proposing to

Domesticate with the Author. Com

posed in 1796. Lines to W. L., Esq., while he sang a

song to Purcell's Music. Addressed to a Young Man of Fortune

who abandon'd hiniself to an indolent

and causeless Melancholy. *Sonnet to the River Otter. *Sonnet. Composed on a journey home

ward; the Author having received intelligence of the birth of a son,

September 20, 1796. *Sonnet, to a Friend who asked how I felt

when the Nurse first presented my

Infant to me. The Virgin's Cradle-Hymn. Copied from

the Print of the Virgin, in a Catholic

village in Germany. Epitaph, on an Infant. [. Its balmy lips

the infant blest.'] Melancholy: A Fragment. Tell's Birth-place. Imitated from Stolberg. A Christmas Carol. Human Life. On the Denial of Immor

tality. A Fragment. An Ode to the Rain. Composed before

daylight (etc.) The Visit of the Gods. Imitated from

Schiller. (America to Great Britain. Written by

an American gentleman'- who doubtless was Washington Allston, the

Painter. ]
Elegy, imitated from one of Akenside's

Blank-verse Incriptions.
The Destiny of Nations. A Vision

The printer's 'signature' on the sheet at which the regular pagination begins is · Vol. II.-B.' This has attracted the notice of bibliographers, but it has never

been correctly explained. An examination of the printers' accounts enables me to say that Coleridge originally projected a work in two volumes, the first of which was to contain his Biographia Literaria,' and the second his collected Poems.' While the two were being printed concurrently, the 'Biographia' outgrew the capacity of a single volume, and the 'Poems were thenceforward called in the accounts Vol. III.' When the whole of Vols. I. and III. and half of Vol. II. had been printed, the author and the printers quarrelled. Vol. II. was completed by another printer; and the two works were published separately by Rest Fenner in 1817-as 'Biographia Literaria' in two volumes; and 'Sibylline Leaves in one. The mention of this muddle alluded to in the Preface to the latter occurs at page 182 of the second volume of the B. Lit. The statement opens, appropriately, with a bull. 'For more than eighteen months have the volume of Poems, entitled SIBYLLINE LEAVES, and the present volume up to this page been printed, and ready for publication.' Coleridge should have written up to page 128.'—ED.

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XI

ZAPOLYA: a Christmas Tale, in Two
Parts-The Prelude, entitled 'The
Usurper's Fortune'; and The Sequel,
entitled 'The Usurper's Fate.' By S.
T. Coleridge, Esq. LONDON: Printed
Paternoster - Row.

for Rest Fenner,
1817.

Octavo, 4 unpaged preliminary leaves, and 128 pages of text.

ADVERTISEMENT

[This will be found prefixed to the piece.]

There was no 'second edition' of the

original issue. When Coleridge reprinted Zapolya among his collected poems in 1828, he made a few unimportant changes in the text, and again, in 1829, a few more. The motto 'apud Athenæum' was first added in 1828.

XII

THE POETICAL WORKS OF S. T. COLERIDGE, including the Dramas of Wallenstein, Remorse, and Zapolya. In three

Volumes. London: William Picker. ing. MDCCCXXVIII. Octavo, Vol. I. pp. x., 253: II. 370: III. 428.

PREFACE

·

[The Preface is (all but) a verbatim reprint of that of 1803. It is called Preface to the first and second Editions, '--which is true in the sense explained in 'VII.'

CONTENTS

[Almost the same as those of the 1829 edition detailed in XIII.'-The differences are as follows:

Poems in 1828, and not in 1829. Song: Tho' veiled in spires of myrtle wreath.'

*Not in 1834, nor in 1877-1880. It will be found in this volume, under the title, Love, A Sword, at p. 195.

*

The Alienated Mistress: A Madrigal.

From an unfinished Melodrama. ** It will be found in the present volume, under its later title (Amulet, 1833) of Love's Burial-place, at p. 209.

Both these poems were placed in the division- Prose in Rhyme,' etc.

In 1829, and not in 1828. Allegoric Vision.

* This will be found in APPENDIX J' of the present volume.

The Improvisatore; or John Anderson, my Jo, John' (p. 200 of this volume). The Garden of Boccaccio (p. 204 of this volume).

Even in the case of poems included in both editions, the text is not always the For instance, the Monody on the Death of Chatterton' differs materially in the two editions.

same.

XIII

THE POETICAL WORKS OF S. T. COLERIDGE, including the Dramas of Wallenstein, Remorse, and Zapolya. In three Volumes. [The publisher's Aldine anchor and dolphin.] London: William Pickering. MDCCCXXIX. Octavo, Vol. I. pp. x., 353; II. 394; III. 428.

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Page in
PREFACE
To a Young Ass, its Mother being Edition,

present

tethered near it [The Preface is the same as that of 1803

35 and 1828, with addition of the following

Domestic Peace

33 passage (quoted as a foot-note to the sen.

The Sigh

29 tence--- I have pruned the double-epithets Epitaph on an Infant [' Ere sin could with no sparing hand ; and used my best

blight ']

145 efforts to tame the swell and glitter both of

Lines written at the King's Arms, thought and diction. ') — Without any feel

Ross, formerly the house of the

• Man of Ross' ing of anger, I may yet be allowed to ex

33 press some degree of surprize, that after

Lines to a beautiful Spring in a having run the critical gauntlet for a certain

Village

Lines on a Friend who died of a class of faults, which I had, viz. a too ornate, and elaborately poetic diction, and

Frenzy-fever induced by calumnothing having come before the judgement- To a Young Lady with a Poem on

nious Reports .

35 seat of the Reviewers during the long interval, I should for at least seventeen years,

the French Revolution quarter after quarter, have been placed by

Sonnet I. [To Bowles] them in the foremost rank of the proscribed,

II. [To Burke) and made to abide the brunt of abuse and

III. [To Priestley] ridicule for faults directly opposite, viz.

IV. [To Erskine] bald and prosaic language, and an affected

V. [To Sheridan] simplicity both of matter and manner-

VI. [To Koskiusko)

39 faults which assuredly did not enter into

VII. [To La Fayette]

39 the character of my compositions. —LITER

VIII. [. Thou gentle Look'] 23 ARY Life, i. 51. Published 1817.' (The

IX. [Pale Roamer thro' the text of the Biographia Literaria has been

night']

32 considerably modified.)]

X. ['Sweet Mercy!']

45 " XI. ' Thou bleedest, my

34 CONTENTS

XII. To the Author of The
Robbers'

34 [As the present edition is founded on that

Lines composed while climbing the of 1829, it seems desirable to give a full

left ascent of Brockley Coomb, list of its contents, shewing at same time

Somersetshire, May 1795 their arrangement under the various head

Lines in the manner of Spenser ings. -Ed.]

Imitated from Ossian

The Complaint of Ninathéma
JUVENILE POEMS Page in

Imitated from the Welsh
Idition.
To an Infant

44 Genevieve

Lines written at Shurton Bars, near Sonnet to the Autumnal Moon

3 Bridgewater, September 1795, Time, Real and Imaginary. An Alle.

in answer a letter from
gory

187
Bristol

47 Monody on the Death of Chaiterton

61

Lines to a Friend in answer to a Songs of the Pixies

melancholy Letter. told

43 The Raven. A Christmas Tale,

Religious Musings ; a desultory
by a school - boy to his little

Poem, written on the Christmas
brothers and sisters
18

53 Absence. A Farewell Ode on quit

The Destiny of Nations. A Vision 70 ting School for Jesus College, Cambridge

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SIBYLLINE LEAVES
Lines on an Autumnal Evening 24
The Rose

23

I. Poems occasioned by political events The Kiss

30 or feelings connected with them.

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III

159

[Motto to this subdivision Words- To a Friend who had declared his page is worth's Sonnet beginning—'When I have intention of writing no more Eatis. borne in memory what has tamed Great Poetry

69 nations.']

To a Gentleman[Wordsworth). Com-
Page in

posed on the night after his
present
Edition.
recitation of a Poem, etc.

176 Ode to the Departing Year

78

The Nightingale; a Conversation
France : an Ode

I 24
Poem

131 Fears in Solitude

126 127

Frost at Midnight
Fire, Famine, and Slaughter ['The
Apologetic Preface' is printed
The Three Graves .

85 at the end of the volume]

[ The Three Graves, though placed here, II. Love Poems.

has a separate half-title, and does not, of [Motto to this subdivision-Eleven lines course, belong to the subdivision. Followof a Latin Poem by Petrarch, printed in

ing The Three Graves, but without any Notes to Love in this volume. )

distinguishing number, comes the sub

division :-) Love

135 Lewti, or the Circassian Love-chauni

Odes and Miscellaneous Poems.

27 The Picture, or the Lover's Resolu

Dejection : an Ode tion

162

Ode to Georgiana, Duchess of DevonThe Night Scene 183 shire

149 To an Unfortunate Woman 32 Ode to Tranquillity

159 To an Unfortunate Woman at the To a Young Friend on his proposing Theatre.

32 to domesticate with the Author 67 Lines composed in a Concert-Roomi 148 Lines to W. L[inley), Esq.

155 The Keepsake

154 Addressed to a Young Man of ForTo a Lady, with Falconer's 'Ship

tune

68 wreck' 185 Sonnet to the River Outer

23 To a Young Lady, on her recovery Sonnet composed on the birth of a from a Fever .

131
Son

66 Something childish, but very natural 146 Sonnet to a Friend who asked how I Home-sick

146

felt when the Nurse first preAnswer to a Child's Question : 170 sented my infant to me

66 The Visionary Hope 171 The Virgin's Cradle Hymn

181 The Happy Husband

178 Epitaph on an Infant. [. Its balmy Recollections of Love 178 lips the Infant blest ']

145 On revisiting the Sea-shore

159
Melancholy

34 III. Meditative Poems, in blank verse.

Tell's Birth-place

1 42

A Christmas Carol. [Motto to this subdivision-Eight lines

150 Human Life.

186 (translated) from Schiller.]

The Visit of the Gods

142 Hymn before Sun-rise, in the Vale Elegy, imitated from Akenside

31 of Chamouny

165 Lines written at Elbingerode, in the

Kubla Khan.

94 Hartz Forest. 145 The Pains of Sleep

170 On observing a Blossom.

63 The Eolian Harp.

[These poems seem to be detached from

49 Reflections on having left a place of

the subdivision by a half-title -- Kubka Retirement

Khan : or, A Vision in a Dream.'

52 To the Rev. G. Coleridge

81 Inscription for a Fountain

Apologetic Preface to 'Fire, Famine,

169 A Tombless Epitaph

and Slaughter' APPENDIX I.' 527

180 This Lime-tree Bower my Prison

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