Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WORK WITHOUT HOPE, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

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First Line: All nature seems at work, slugs leave their lair
Last Line: And hope without an object cannot live.
Variant Title(s): In Springtime;a Dream Of Spring
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Spring; Work; Workers

ALL Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair --
The bees are stirring -- birds are on the wing --
And Winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
With lips unbrighten'd, wreathless brow, I stroll:
And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live.

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