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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

The Knight's Tomb


              1Where is the grave of Sir Arthur O'Kellyn?
              2Where may the grave of that good man be?--
              3By the side of a spring, on the breast of Helvellyn,
              4Under the twigs of a young birch tree!
              5The oak that in summer was sweet to hear,
              6And rustled its leaves in the fall of the year,
              7And whistled and roared in the winter alone,
              8Is gone,--and the birch in its stead is grown.--
              9The Knight's bones are dust,
            10And his good sword rust;--
            11His soul is with the saints, I trust.


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 S.T. Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (London : W. Pickering, 1834). PR 4470 E34 VICT Rare Books.
First publication date: 1834
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.126.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1817
Rhyme: ababccddeee


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