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It seemed like Omnipresence God, methought,
Ah! quiet dell' dear cot, and mount sublime ! I was constrained to quit you. Was it right, While my unnumbered brethren toiled and bled, That I should dream away the entrusted hours On rose-leaf Beds, pampering the coward Heart With feelings all too delicate for use 7 - Sweet is the tear that from some Howard's eye Drops on the cheek of One he lifts from Earth: And He that works me good with unmoved face, Does it but half: he chills me while he aids, My Benefactor, not my Brother Man Yet even this, this cold Beneficence Praise, praise it, O my Soul! oft as thou scann'st The Sluggard Pity's vision-weaving Tribe Who sigh for Wretchedness, yet shun the wretched, Nursing in some delicious solitude Their slothful loves and dainty Sympathies! I therefore go, and join head, heart, and hand,
Active and firm, to fight the bloodless fight
Yet oft when after honourable toil Rests the tired mind, and waking loves to dream, My spirit shall revisit thee, dear Cot! Thy Jasmin and thy window-peeping Rose, And Myrtles fearless of the mild sea-air. And I shall sigh fond wishes—sweet Abode! Ah!—had none greater l And that all had such It might be so—but the time is not yet. Speed it, O Father Let thy Kingdom come!
TO THE REW. GEORGE COLERIDGE OF OTTERY ST. MARY, DEVON.
WITH SOME POEMS.
Notus in fratres animipaterni.
A BLEssed lot hath he, who having passed
Yet cheered and cheering : now fraternal Love
To me the Eternal Wisdom hath dispensed A different fortune and more different mind— Me from the spot where first I sprang to light Too soon transplanted, ere my soul had fixed Its first domestic loves; and hence through Life Chasing chance-started Friendships. A brief while Some have preserved me from Life's pelting ills; But, like a Tree with leaves of feeble stem, If the clouds lasted, and a sudden breeze Ruffled the boughs, they on my head at once Dropped the collected shower; and some most false, False and fair foliaged as the Manchineel, Have tempted me to slumber in their shade E’en mid the storm; then breathing subtlest damps, Mixed their own venom with the rain from Heaven, That I woke poisoned! But, all praise to Him Who gives us all things, more have yielded me Permanent shelter; and beside one Friend, Beneath the impervious covert of one Oak, I've raised a lowly shed, and know the names Of Husband and of Father; nor unhearing Of that divine and nightly-whispering Voice,
Which from my childhood to maturer years
Yet at times My soul is sad, that I have roamed through life Still most a Stranger, most with naked heart At mine own home and birth-place: chiefly then, When I remember thee, my earliest Friend! Thee, who didst watch my boyhood and my youth; Didst trace my wanderings with a Father's eye; And boding evil yet still hoping good Rebuked each fault, and over all my woes Sorrowed in Silence He who counts alone The beatings of the solitary heart, That Being knows, how I have loved thee ever, Loved as a brother, as a Son revered thee! Oh! 'tis to me an ever new delight, To talk of thee and thine: or when the blast Of the shrill winter, rattling our rude sash, Endears the cleanly hearth and social bowl; Or when as now, on some delicious eve, We in our sweet sequestered Orchard-Plot Sit on the Tree crooked earth-ward; whose old boughs, That hang above us in an arborous roof,