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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

To Asra

              1Are there two things, of all which men possess,
              2That are so like each other and so near,
              3As mutual Love seems like to Happiness?
              4Dear Asra, woman beyond utterance dear!
              5This Love which ever welling at my heart,
              6Now in its living fount doth heave and fall,
              7Now overflowing pours thro' every part
              8Of all my frame, and fills and changes all,
              9Like vernal waters springing up through snow,
            10This Love that seeming great beyond the power
            11Of growth, yet seemeth ever more to grow,
            12Could I transmute the whole to one rich Dower
            13Of Happy Life, and give it all to Thee,
            14Thy lot, methinks, were Heaven, thy age, Eternity!


1] I.e., to Sara Hutchinson. The manuscript of this sonnet is pasted inside the cover of her copy of the Christabel manuscript in the Victoria College Coleridge collection, and may have been sent to her with it.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Inside cover, "Christabel" MS, VICT Rare Books. The poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. James Dykes Campbell (London: Macmillan, 1893). VICT Rare Books No. 151.
First publication date: 1893
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.465.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1801
Form: English Sonnet
Rhyme: ababcdcdefefgg

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