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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Fragment 9: The Netherlands

              1Water and windmills, greenness, Islets green;--
              2Willows whose Trunks beside the shadows stood
              3Of their own higher half, and willowy swamp:--
              4Farmhouses that at anchor seem'd--in the inland sky
              5The fog-transfixing Spires--
              6Water, wide water, greenness and green banks,
              7And water seen--


1] Written on a visit to the Continent with Wordsworth and his daughter, Dora; from Notebook 40 in which the lines are preceded by this comment: "Assuredly I have been seldom more agreeably disappointed than in this voyage per Steam-boat for the first two or three hours on the Maas."

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 2.476.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 18 July 1828 - 28 July 1828
Form note: unrhymed

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