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33 BROAD-BREASTED Pollards, with broad- Describebranching heads.

the never-bloomless Furze--and the

transition to the Gordonia Lasianthus. 34

[Which is done at great length, in 'Twas sweet to know it only possible- prose. “ The never-bloomless furze” Some wishes cross'd my mind and dimly occurs in the sixth line of Fears in cheer'd it

Solitude.--ED.]
And one or two poor melancholy
Pleasures-

39 In these, the pale unwarming light of

The sunshine lies on the cottage-wall,
Hope

A-shining thro' the snow.
Silv'ring their flimsy wing, flew silent by,
Moths in the moonlight.

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A maniac in the woods—She crosses Behind the thin

heedlessly the woodman's path--scourg'd Grey cloud that cover'd but not hid the by rebounding boughs.

sky The round full moon look'd small.

[Compare this with discarded stanza in

• Intro. to the Tale of the Dark Ladie' [See Christabel, 11. 16, 17.

[‘Love'], as printed in the Morning Post, The thin grey cloud is spread on high, Dec. 21, 1799.

See Note 1 23.
It covers but not hides the sky. -Ed.]

And how he cross'd the woodman's paths,
Thro’ briars and swampy mosses beat ;

How bows rebounding scourg'd his The subtle snow in every breeze, rose

limbs, curling from the grove, like pillars of

And low stubs gor'd his feet.-ED.] cottage smoke. [See The Picture; or, The Lover's Resolu

41 tion, 11. 148-150.

SABBATH-DAY All the air is calm. The smoke from cottage-chimneys, tinged From the Miller's mossy wheel the with light,

water-drops dripp'd leisurely. Rises in columns.-ED.]

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42 Hartley fell down and hurt himself.

The merry nightingale I caught him up angry and screaming— | That crowds, and hurries, and precipiand ran out of doors with him. The

tates moon caught his eye-he ceased crying With fast thick warble his delicious immediately-and his eyes and the tears

notes in them, how they glittered in the sand so on, down to “Of all its music' moonlight !

--the passage verbatim et literatim as [See this versified at the end of The it has appeared in all the editions of Nightingale: a Conversation Poem.-- The Nightingale: a Conversation Poem.

-ED.]

ED.]

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65 SOLE maid, associate sole, to me beyond Compare, above all living creature dearThoughts, which have found their harbour

in thy breast, Dearest ! methought of him to thee so

dear ! MS.

1804.

66 O BEAUTY in a beauteous body dight! Body that veiling brightness, became

bright.Fair cloud which less we see, than by

thee see the light.
MS.

1805.
67
EPILOGUE TO
“THE RASH CONJURER'

AN UNCOMPOSED POEM
We ask and urge—(here ends the story !)
All Christian Papishes to pray
That the unhappy Conjurer may,
Instead of Hell, be put in Purgatory, -

For there, there's hope ;

Long live the Pope !
Remains, i. 52.

1805.

68
O th' Oppressive, irksome weight
Felt in an uncertain state :
Comfort, peace, and rest adieu
Should I prove at least untrue !
Self-confiding wretch, I thought
I could love thee as I ought,
Win thee and deserve to feel
All the Love thou canst reveal,
And still I chuse thee, follow still.

1805.

69 A SUMPTUOUS and magnificent Revenge. MS.

March 1806.

70 LET Eagle bid the Tortoise sunward

soarAs vainly Strength speaks to a broken

Mind.

73

The builder left one narrow rent,

Two wedded hearts, if ere were such, Contented most in discontent, Still these cling, and try in vain to

touch! O Joy! with thy own joy at strife,

That yearning for the Realms above Wouldst die into intensest Life,

And Union absolute of Love ! MS.

1808.

74

EPIGRAM ON KEPLER

FROM THE GERMAN

No mortal spirit yet had clomb so high As Kepler-yet his Country saw him

die For very want! the Minds alone he fed, And so the Bodies left him without bread. The Friend for Nov. 30, 1809 (1818, ii. 95;

1850, ij. 69).

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N Hope but made Tranquillity be A Low dead Thunder mutter'd thro' the
felt :

night,
A flight of Hope for ever on the wing As 'twere a giant angry in his sleep-
But made Tranquillity a common thing ; Nature! sweet nurse, O take me in thy
And wheeling round and round in sportive

lap
coil,

And tell me of my Father yet unseen, Fann'd the calm air upon the brow of Sweet tales, and true, that lull me into Toil.

sleep MS.

? 1810.

And leave me dreaming.
MS.

1811. 76

79 I have experienced His own fair countenance, his kingly foreThe worst the world can wreak on me—

head, the worst That can make Life indifferent, yet dis- His tender smiles, love's day-dawn on his turb

lips, With whisper'd discontent the dying The sense, and spirit, and the light divine,

At the same moment in his steadfast eye prayerI have beheld the whole of all, wherein

Where Virtue's native crest, th' immortal

soul's My heart had any interest in this life To be disrent and torn from off my Hopes Genial, and pleasant to his guardian angel.

Unconscious meek self-heraldry,--to man That nothing now is left. Why then

He suffer'd nor complain’d ;—though oft live on?

with tears That hostage that the world had in its

He mourn'd th’ oppression of his helpless keeping

brethren, -
Given by me as a pledge that I would
live-

Yea, with a deeper and yet holier grief
Mourn'd for the oppressor.

In those
That hope of Her, say rather that pure

sabbath hours
Faith
In her fix'd Love, which held me to keep His solemn grief, like the slow cloud at

sunset,
truce
With the tyranny of Life—is gone, ah !

Was but the veil of purest meditation whither?

Pierced thro' and saturate with the rays

of mind.
What boots it to reply? 'tis gone ! and
now

Remains, i. 277.

1812. Well may I break the pact, this league of

[See Teresa's speech to Valdez in ReBlood

morse, iv. 2. -Ed.]
That ties me to myself - and break I
shall.

80
MIS.

BREVITY OF THE GREEK AND 77

ENGLISH COMPARED

1810.

As when the new or full Moon urges
The high, large, long unbreaking surges
Of the Pacific main.

As an instance of compression and brevity in narration, unattainable in any language but the Greek, the following distich was quoted :

ills.

1811.

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χρυσόν ανήρ ευρών, έλιπε βρόχον αυτάρ

82 ο χρυσόν δν λίπεν, ουχ εύρων, ήψεν, δν εύρε, βρόχον. IN the two following lines, for instance,

there is nothing objectionable, nothing This was denied by one of the com- which would preclude them from formpany, who instantly rendered the lines ing, in their proper place, part of a in English. ...

It is a mere trial of descriptive poem : comparative brevity, -— wit and poetry quite out of the question :

Behold yon row of pines, that shorn and

bow'd . Jack finding gold left a rope on the Bend from the sea-blast, seen at twilight

eve. ground; Bill missing his gold used the rope which But with a small alteration of rhythm, he found.

the same words would be equally in their S. T. C. in Omniana, 1812, ii. 123.

place in a book of topography, or in a

descriptive tour. The same image will [In Moore's Memoirs, vii. 85, he says rise into a semblance of poetry if thus that Wordsworth gave him the following conveyed :as his (Wordsworth's) attempt :

Yon row of bleak and visionary pines, A thief found gold, and left a rope, but By twilight glimpse discerned, mark ! he [who] could not find

how they flee

From the fierce sea-blast, all their tresses The gold he left tied on the rope the

wild
thief had left behind. ED.]

Streaming before them.
Biog. Lit. 1817, ii. 18; 1850, ii. 20.

1815. 81

83 Written on a fly-leaf of a copy of Field on

EFQENKAITIAN the Church, folio, 1628, under the name of a former possessor of the volume inscribed thus : The following burlesque on the Fichtean ‘Hannah Scollock, her book, February 10, 1787.' Egoismus may, perhaps, be amusing to the few

who have studied the system, and to those who This, Hannah Scollock ! may have been

are unacquainted with it, may convey as tolerthe case ;

able a likeness of Fichte's idealism as can be Your writing therefore I will not erase. expected from an avowed caricature. [S. T. C.] But now this book, once yours, belongs The Categorical Imperative, or the Annunciato me,

tion of the New Teutonic God, ETNENKAIIIAN : The Morning Post's and Courier's a dithyrambic Ode, by Querkopf Von Klubstick, S. T. C.;

Grammarian, and Subrector in Gymnasio. ... Elsewhere in College, knowledge, wit Eu! Dei vices gerens, ipse Divus, and scholarage

(Speak English, friend !) the God ImTo friends and public known as S. T.

perativus, Coleridge.

Here on this market-cross aloud I cry: Witness hereto my hand, on Ashly Green,

I, I, I! I itself I ! One thousand, twice four hundred, and

The form and the substance, the what fourteen

and the why, Year of our Lord and of the month

The when and the where, and the low November

and the high, The fifteenth day, if right I do remember.

The inside and outside, the earth and Remains, iii. 57:

1814.

the sky,

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ou, and he, and he, you and I, Truly Pisa indeed is of Jove, 111 souls and all bodies are I itself I ! But the Olympiad (or, the Olympian All I itself I !

games) did Hercules establish, (Fools ! a truce with this start- The first-fruits of the spoils of war. ing!)

But Theron for the four-horsed car
All my I ! all my I !

That bore victory to him,
He's a heretic dog who but adds Betty It behoves us now to voice aloud :
Martin !'

The Just, the Hospitable, Thus cried the God with high imperial The Bulwark of Agrigentum, tone :

Of renowned fathers In robe of stiffest state, that scoff'd at The Flower, even him beauty,

Who preserves his native city erect and A pronoun-verb imperative he shone

safe.

1815. Then substantive and plural - singular Biog. Lit. 1817, ii. 90 ; 1847, ii. 93.

grown, He thus spake on :- Behold in I alone (For Ethics boast a syntax of their own)

85 Or if in ye, yet as I doth depute ye,

TRANSLATION OF A FRAGMENT In O! I, you, the vocative of duty !

OF HERACLITUS I of the world's whole Lexicon the root !

IN a marginal note on Select Dis. Of the whole universe of touch, sound,

courses, by John Smith, of Queens' Colsight, The genitive and ablative to boot :

lege, Cambridge, 1660, printed in the

Remains, iii. 418, Coleridge complains The accusative of wrong, the nom’native

that his author is wrong in stating that of right,

the Sibyl was noted by Heraclitus “as And in all cases the case absolute !

one speaking ridiculous and unseemly Self-construed, I all other moods de

speeches with her furious mouth.' This cline :

fragment' (says Coleridge) “is misquoted Imperative, from nothing we derive us ;

and misunderstood : for yelaotà it should Yet as a super-postulate of mine,

be åuvplotà, unperfumed, inornate lays, Unconstrued antecedence I assign,

not redolent of art. Render it thus :To X Y Z, the God Infinitivus !' Biog. Literaria, 1817, i. 148 n.

Not her's
To win the sense by words of rhetoric,
Lip - blossoms breathing perishable

sweets ;

But by the power of the informing Word TRANSLATION OF THE FIRST

OF THE FIRST Roll sounding onward through a thou-
STROPHE OF PINDAR'S

Her deep prophetic bodements.
SECOND OLYMPIC

Στόματι μαινομένω is with ecstatic As nearly as possible word for word.' mouth.' [S. T. C.] In the Statesman's

Manual (1816, p. 32) Coleridge gives Ye harp-controlling hymns !

the following as a prose translation of the or,

same passage : ‘Multiscience (or a variety Ye hymns the sovereigns of harps ! and quantity of acquired knowledge) does What God ? what Hero !

not teach intelligence. But the Sibyll What Man shall we celebrate ?

with wild enthusiastic mouth shrilling

1815.

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