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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Fragment 5: Whom should I choose for my Judge?

              1Whom should I choose for my Judge? the earnest, impersonal reader,
              2Who, in the work, forgets me and the world and himself!

              3Ye who have eyes to detect, and Gall to Chastise the imperfect,
              4Have you the heart, too, that loves, feels and rewards the Compleat?

              5What is the meed of thy Song? 'Tis the ceaseless, the thousandfold Echo
              6Which from the welcoming Hearts of the Pure repeats and prolongs it,
              7Each with a different Tone, compleat or in musical fragments.


1] From Notebook 24, one of Coleridge's numerous metrical experiments.

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.
Publication date note: 1893, 1912
RPO poem editor: Kathleen Coburn, R. S. Woof
RP edition: 3RP 2.475.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1807 - 1808
Form note: unrhyming

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