Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Three Poems

October 21, 2013

 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Today is the birthday of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (born 1772).

Here are three favorite poems of his…

TO THE AUTUMNAL MOON
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Mild Splendour of the various-vested Night!
Mother of wildly-working visions! hail!
I watch thy gliding, while with watery light
Thy weak eye glimmers through a fleecy veil;
And when thou lovest thy pale orb to shroud
Behind the gather’d blackness lost on high;
And when thou dartest from the wind-rent cloud
Thy placid lightning o’er the awaken’d sky.
 
Ah such is Hope! as changeful and as fair!
Now dimly peering on the wistful sight;
Now hid behind the dragon-wing’d Despair:
But soon emerging in her radiant might
She o’er the sorrow-clouded breast of Care
Sails, like a meteor kindling in its flight.
 
 

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These poems are found in
The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Available as a FREE ebook download in a variety of formats from Project Gutenberg.