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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Fragment 6: The Moon, how definite its orb!

              1The Moon, how definite its orb!
              2Yet gaze again, and with a steady gaze--
              3'Tis there indeed,--but where is it not?--
              4It is suffused o'er all the sapphire Heaven,
              5Trees, herbage, snake-like stream, unwrinkled Lake,
              6Whose very murmur does of it partake
              7And low and close the broad smooth mountain
              8Is more a thing of Heaven than when
              9Distinct by one dim shade and yet undivided from the universal cloud
            10In which it towers, finite in height.


1] From Notebook 13.

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: 1808
Form note: irregularly rhyming at times

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