Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LINES TO WILLIAM LINLEY WHILE HE SANG A SONG TO PURCELL'S MUSIC, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE



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LINES TO WILLIAM LINLEY WHILE HE SANG A SONG TO PURCELL'S MUSIC, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: While my young cheek retains its healthful hues
Last Line: Mix with the blest, nor know that I had died!
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Songs


While my young cheek retains its healthful hues,
And I have many friends who hold me dear,
Linley! methinks, I would not often hear
Such melodies as thine, lest I should lose
All memory of the wrongs and sore distress
For which my miserable brethren weep!
But should uncomforted misfortunes steep
My daily bread in tears and bitterness;
And if at Death's dread moment I should lie
With no beloved face at my bed-side,
To fix the last glance of my closing eye,
Methinks such strains, breathed by my angel-guide,
Would make me pass the cup of anguish by,
Mix with the blest, nor know that I had died!





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