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SONNET

BY THE LATE HARTLEY COLERIDGE:

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WORDSWORTH.

THERE have been poets that in verse display
The elemental forms of human passions:
Poets have been, to whom the fickle fashions
And all the wilful humours of the day
Have furnished matter for a polished lay:
And many are the smooth elaborate tribe
Who, emulous of thee, the shape describe,
And fain would every shifting hue pourtray
Of restless Nature. But, thou mighty Seer!
'Tis thine to celebrate the thoughts that make
The life of souls, the truths for whose sweet sako
We to ourselves and to our God are dear.

Of Nature's inner shrine thou art the priest,
Where most she works when we perceive her least.

SONNET

BY SIR THOMAS NOON TALFOURD:

ON THE RECEPTION OF THE POET WORDSWORTH AT OXFORD.

O NEVER did a mighty truth prevail
With such felicities of place and time,

As in those shouts sent forth with joy sublime
From the full heart of England's Youth to hail
Her once neglected Bard within the pale
Of Learning's fairest Citadel! That voice,
In which the Future thunders, bids rejoice
Some who through wintry fortunes did not fail
To bless with love as deep as life, the name
Thus welcomed;-who, in happy silence share
The triumph; while their fondest musings claim
Unhoped-for echoes in the joyous air
That to their long-loved Poet's spirit bear
A nation's promise of undying fame.

Ir thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light,
Shine, Poet, in thy place, and be content:-
The stars pre-eminent in magnitude,

And they that from the zenith dart their beams,
(Visible though they be to half the earth,

Though half a sphere be conscious of their brightness)

Are yet of no diviner origin,

No purer essence, than the one that burns,

Like an untended watch-fire, on the ridge

Of some dark mountain; or than those which seem

Humbly to hang, like twinkling winter lamps,
Among the branches of the leafless trees;

All are the undying offspring of one Sire:
Then, to the measure of the light vouchsafed,
Shine, Poet! in thy place, and be content.

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THE BORDERERS. A Tragedy, 1795-6.......

Notes to Poems Written in Youth

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POEMS REFERRING TO THE PERIOD OF

CHILDHOOD.

My heart leaps up when I behold, 1804
To a Butterfly, 1801...
Foresight, 1802....

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To a Butterfly, 1801.
Farewell, 1802..

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