Knights, chaste as brave, who strange

adventures seek,

And faithful loves of ladies, fair as meek;
Or saintly hermits' wonder-raising acts,
Instead of-novels founded upon facts!
Which, decently immoral, have the art
To spare the blush, and undersap the
Oh, think of these, and hundreds worse
than these,

Dire disimproving disadvantages,
And grounds for pity, not for blame, you'll


E'en in Teresa's six years' constancy.

[Looking at the manuscript. But stop! what's this?-Our Poet bids me


That he has woo'd your feelings in this


By no too real woes, that make you groan, Recalling kindred griefs, perhaps your


Yet with no image compensate the mind, Nor leave one joy for memory behind. 41 He'd wish no loud laugh, from the sly, shrewd sneer,

To unsettle from your eyes the quiet tear That Pity had brought, and Wisdom

would leave there.

Ballads. But this work having been long out of print, and it having been determined, that this and my other Poems in that collection (the NIGHTINGALE, LOVE, and the ANCIENT MARINER) should be omitted in any future edition, I have been advised to reprint it, as a Note to the second Scene of Act the Fourth.

[Here followed The Foster - Mother's Tale, which will be found in this volume at p. 83; and also, of course, in its due place in OSORIO, in 'APPENDIX D.']

Note to the words 'You are a painter,' Scene ii. Act ii.

The following lines,' etc.

[This will be found, as in a more convenient place, printed in this volume as a footnote to the passage in Act ii. Scene ii. P. 375.]

The Third Edition' of REMORSE appeared in the same year as the first and second-1813. Except for the statement on the title-page it seems to differ in no respect from the second edition.

When Coleridge reprinted REMORSE among his collected poems in 1828 and

Now calm he waits your judgment! (win 1829, he omitted the Preface but retained

or miss),

By no loud plaudits saved, damn'd by no factious hiss.

REMORSE. A Tragedy, in five acts. By S. T. Coleridge. [Motto as in First Edition.] SECOND EDITION. London: Printed for W. Pople, 67 Chancery Lane. 1813. Price Three Shillings.

Octavo, pp. x.; 78.

[Although this second edition' would appear to have been issued immediately after the first, it presents many variations. As noted above, a large portion of the 'Preface' was omitted; the text was considerably altered; and the following additions made.]


THE following Scene, as unfit for the Stage, was taken from the Tragedy, in the year 1797, and published in the Lyrical

the 'Appendix.' Sir G. Beaumont died in February 1827.


Coleridge, Esq. LONDON: Printed
for John Murray, Albemarle Street, by
William Bulmer and Co., Cleveland
Row, St. James's. 1816.
Octavo, pp. vii.; 64.

CHRISTABEL, etc. By S. T. Coleridge,
Esq. Second Edition. LONDON:
Printed for John Murray, Albemarle
Street, by William Bulmer and Co.,
Cleveland Row, St. James's. 1816.

[This second edition' differs from the first, only in respect of the title-page, of which the above is a verbatim copy. The 'Prefaces' to Christabel and Kubla Khan are printed with the texts.-ED.]

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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 consent; many imperfect, all incorrect. The 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,1 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, CAMCENE! 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 prefix to the first. life. I scarcely knew what title I should 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.

The three poems mentioned in this Preface and which were printed with it, and with the 'Errata,' as a preliminary sheet-are Time, real and imaginary: an Allegory (then first printed); The Raven; and Mutual Passion. The other contents of the volume (which was issued without a list) were as follows. Pieces taken from the volumes of 1796 or 1797 have an asterisk (*): the titles of those which (probably) had not been printed before, are italicized.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. (With, for the first time, the marginal notes, and the motto from T. Burnet.) The Foster-Mother's Tale. [Half-title] Poems occasioned by Political

Events or feelings connected with them.' [On the reverse of which is printed Wordsworth's sonnet beginning 'When I have borne in memory what has tamed Great nations.']

*Ode to the Departing Year. France: An Ode.

Fears in Solitude.

Recantation. Illustrated in the Story of the Mad Ox.

Parliamentary Oscillators.

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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

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

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.
Recollections of Love.

A Fragment.

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Lines written in the Album at Elbingerode, in the Hartz Forest.

*On observing a blossom on the 1st February, 1796.

*The Eolian Harp, composed at Clevedon, Somersetshire.

*Reflections on having left a Place of Retirement.

*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.

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*To a Young Friend, on his proposing to Domesticate with the Author. Composed 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 himself to an indolent and causeless Melancholy.

*Sonnet to the River Otter. *Sonnet. Composed on a journey homeward; 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.

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Human Life. On the Denial of Immortality. A Fragment. An Ode to the Rain,

daylight [etc.]

The Visit of the Gods.


Composed before

[America to Great Britain.

Imitated from

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. 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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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 for Rest Fenner, Paternoster - Row. 1817.

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


[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.


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

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[THE Preface is the same as that of 1803 and 1828, with addition of the following passage (quoted as a foot-note to the sentence—' I have pruned the double-epithets with no sparing hand; and used my best efforts to tame the swell and glitter both of thought and diction. ')-- Without any feeling of anger, I may yet be allowed to express some degree of surprize, that after having run the critical gauntlet for a certain class of faults, which I had, viz. a too ornate, and elaborately poetic diction, and nothing having come before the judgementseat of the Reviewers during the long interval, I should for at least seventeen years, quarter after quarter, have been placed by them in the foremost rank of the proscribed, and made to abide the brunt of abuse and ridicule for faults directly opposite, viz. bald and prosaic language, and an affected simplicity both of matter and mannerfaults which assuredly did not enter into the character of my compositions. -LITERARY LIFE, i. 51. Published 1817.' (The text of the Biographia Literaria has been considerably modified.)]

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Domestic Peace

The Sigh

Epitaph on an Infant ['Ere sin could blight ']

Lines written at the King's Arms, Ross, formerly the house of the 'Man of Ross'

Lines to a beautiful Spring in a Village.

Lines on a Friend who died of a

Frenzy-fever induced by calumnious Reports.

To a Young Lady with a Poem on
the French Revolution
Sonnet I. [To Bowles]

II. [To Burke]
III. [To Priestley]
IV. [To Erskine]
V. [To Sheridan]
VI. [To Koskiusko]
VII. [To La Fayette]
VIII. [Thou gentle Look']





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XII. To the Author of 'The

Lines composed while climbing the left ascent of Brockley Coomb, Somersetshire, May 1795

Lines in the manner of Spenser
Imitated from Ossian

The Complaint of Ninathóma

Imitated from the Welsh


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Lines written at Shurton Bars, near Bridgewater, September 1795,

in answer to a letter from Bristol

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Lines to a Friend in answer to a

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