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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Fragment 3: Come, come thou bleak December wind

              1Come, come thou bleak December wind,
              2And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
              3Flash, like a Love-thought, thro' me, Death
              4And take a Life that wearies me.


1] Dated at Pisa, in Notebook 15; the lines are a highly charged personal adaptation of Percy's "Waly, Waly," stanza 3: "Marti' mas wind when wilt thou blaw,/And shake the green leaves off the tree?/O gentle death, when wilt thou cum?/For of my life I am wearie."

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: The poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. James Dykes Campbell (London: Macmillan, 1893). VICT Rare Books No. 151. The complete poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: including poems and versions of poems now published for the first time, ed. Ernest Hartley Coleridge (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1912). PR 4470 F12 VICT Rare Books.
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.475.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 22 June 1806
Rhyme: abcb

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