Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET, by DAVID HARTLEY COLERIDGE



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First Line: Hast thou not seen an aged rifted tower
Last Line: To which young sweetness may delight to cling
Alternate Author Name(s): Coleridge, Hartley


HAST thou not seen an aged rifted tower,
Meet habitation for the Ghost of Time,
Where fearful ravage makes decay sublime,
And destitution wears the face of power?
Yet is the fabric deck'd with many a flower
Of fragrance wild, and many-dappled hue,
Gold streak'd with iron-brown, and nodding blue
Making each ruinous chink a fairy bower.
E'en such a chink methinks I fain would be,
Should Heaven appoint me to a lengthen'd age
So old in look, that Young and Old may see
The record of my closing pilgrimage:
Yet, to the last, a rugged wrinkled thing
To which young sweetness may delight to cling





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