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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Lines On Observing A Blossom On The First Of February 1796 - Read by Richard Mitchley

    Lines On Observing A Blossom On The First Of February 1796
    by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

    Sweet flower! that peeping from thy russet stem
    Unfoldest timidly, (for in strange sort
    This dark, frieze-coated, hoarse, teeth-chattering month
    Hath borrowed Zephyr's voice, and gazed upon thee
    With blue voluptuous eye) alas poor flower!
    These are but flatteries of the faithless year.
    Perchance, escaped its unknown polar cave,
    E'en now the keen north-east is on its way.
    Flower that must perish! shall I liken thee
    To some sweet girl of too, too rapid growth,
    Nipped by consumption mid untimely charms?
    Or to Bristowa's bard, the wond'rous boy!
    As amaranth, which earth scarce seemed to own,
    Till disappointment come, and pelting wrong
    Beat it to earth? or with indignant grief
    Shall I compare thee to poor Poland's hope,
    Bright flower of hope killed in the opening bud?
    Farewell, sweet blossom! better fate be thine
    And mock my boding! Dim similitudes
    Weaving in moral strains, I've stolen one hour
    From anxious self, life's cruel taskmaster!
    And the warm wooings of this sunny day
    Tremble along my frame, and harmonize
    The attempered organ, that even saddest thoughts
    Mix with some sweet sensations, like harsh tunes
    Played deftly on a soft-toned instrument.