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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 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 123.' It covers but not hides the sky.- Ed.]

And how he cross'd the woodman's paths, 36

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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[' A slip torn from some old letter. ..

It is endorsed by Poole, “Reply of ColeSOLE maid, associate sole, to me beyond ridge on my urging him to exert himself, Compare, above all living creature dear- 1807." '_ Thomas Poole and his Friends, "Thoughts, which have found their harbour

by Mrs. H. Sandford, 1888, ii. 195.] in thy breast, [Dearest ! methought of him to thee so dear !

71 MS.

1804. 66

The singing Kettle and the purring Cat,

The gentle breathing of the cradled Babe, O BEAUTY in a beauteous body dight ! The silence of the Mother's love-bright [Body that veiling brightness, became

eye, bright. ---

And tender smile answering its smile of [Fair cloud which less we see, than by

sleep. thee see the light.

MS.

1808. MS.

1805.

72 67

Two wedded hearts, if ere were such,
EPILOGUE TO

Imprison’d in adjoining cells,
“THE RASH CONJURER' Across whose thin partition-wall

The builder left one narrow rent,
AN UNCOMPOSED POEM

And where, most content in discontent,
We ask and urge—(here ends the story!) | A joy with itself at strife-
All Christian Papishes to pray

Die into an intenser life. 'That the unhappy Conjurer may,

MS.

1808. Instead of Hell, be put in Purgatory, For there, there's hope ;

73 Long live the Pope !

The builder left one narrow rent, Remains, i. 52.

1805. Two wedded hearts, if ere were such, 68

Contented most in discontent, O TH' Oppressive, irksome weight

Still these cling, and try in vain to Felt in an uncertain state :

touch! Comfort, peace, and rest adieu

O Joy! with thy own joy at strife, Should I prove at least untrue !

That yearning for the Realms above Self-confiding wretch, I thought

Wouldst die into intensest Life, I could love thee as I ought,

And Union absolute of Love! Win thee and deserve to feel

MS.

1808. All the Love thou canst reveal, And still I chuse thee, follow still.

74 1805.

EPIGRAM ON KEPLER 69

FROM THE GERMAN A SUMPTUOUS and magnificent Revenge.

No mortal spirit yet had clomb so high MS.

March 1806.

As Kepler-yet his Country saw him 70

die ILET Eagle bid the Tortoise sunward For very want ! the Minds alone he fed, soar

And so the Bodies left him without bread. As vainly Strength speaks to a broken

The Friend for Nov. 30, 1809 (1818, ii. 95 ; Mind.

1850, ii. 69).

464

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78

I, Y

A"

felt:

HEN Hope but made Tranquillity be A Low dead Thunder mutter'd thro' the

night, A flight of Hope for ever on the wing As 'twere a giant angry in his sleepBut 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

And leave me dreaming.
MS.

? 1810.
MS.

1811.

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79

I have experienced The worst the world can wreak on me

the worst That can make Life indifferent, yet dis

turb With whisper'd discontent the dying

prayerI have beheld the whole of all, wherein My heart had any interest in this life To be disrent and torn from off my Hopes That nothing now is left. Why then

live on? That hostage that the world had in its

keeping Given by me as a pledge that I would

liveThat hope of Her, say rather that pure

Faith In her fix'd Love, which held me to keep

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

whither? What boots it to reply? 'tis gone ! and

now Well may I break the pact, this league of

Blood That ties me to myself- and break I

shall.

His own fair countenance, his kingly fore

head, His tender smiles, love's day-dawn on his :

lips, The sense, and spirit, and the light divine, At the same moment in his steadfast eye Where Virtue's native crest, th' immortal

soul's Unconscious meek self-heraldry,--to man Genial, and pleasant to his guardian angel. He suffer'd nor complain'd ;—though oft

with tears He mourn’d th’ oppression of his helpless

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

In those sabbath hours His solemn grief, like the slow cloud at

sunset, Was but the veil of purest meditation Pierced thro’ and saturate with the rays

of mind. Remains, i. 277

1812. [See Teresa's speech to Valdez in Remorse, iv. 2.-ED.]

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BREVITY OF THE GREEK AND

ENGLISH COMPARED

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

1811.

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

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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

Bend from the sea-blast, seen at twilight Jack finding gold left a rope on the ground;

eve. 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

ETQENKAITIAN 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, EINENKAITIAN: 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, 411 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 ! I of the world's whole Lexicon the

OF HERACLITUS root !

IN a marginal note on Select DisOf the whole universe of touch, sound,

courses, by John Smith, of Queens' Colsight,

lege, Cambridge, 1660, printed in the The genitive and ablative to boot :

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 ! Self-construed, I all other moods de

one speaking ridiculous and unseemly

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 å pvplotà, 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. 1815.

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 Roll sounding onward through a thouSTROPHE 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

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