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Short poem

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Something Childish, but Very Natural
Written in Germany

              1  If I had but two little wings
              2    And were a little feathery bird,
              3      To you I'd fly, my dear!
              4But thoughts like these are idle things,
              5      And I stay here.

              6  But in my sleep to you I fly:
              7    I'm always with you in my sleep!
              8      The world is all one's own.
              9But then one wakes, and where am I?
            10      All, all alone.

            11  Sleep stays not, though a monarch bids:
            12    So I love to wake ere break of day:
            13      For though my sleep be gone,
            14Yet while 'tis dark, one shuts one's lids,
            15      And still dreams on.

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: S. T. Coleridge, Annual Anthology (London: Biggs; Bristol: T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800) B-10 967 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1800
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.118.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/20

Composition date: 1799
Rhyme: abcac

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