Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IMITATIONS AD LYRAM, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

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First Line: The solemn-breathing air is ended
Last Line: Headlong, ever on the wing.

The solemn-breathing air is ended --
Cease, O Lyre! thy kindred lay!
From the poplar-branch suspended
Glitter to the eye of Day!
On thy wires hov'ring, dying,
Softly sighs the summer wind:
I will slumber, careless lying,
By yon waterfall reclin'd.
In the forest hollow-roaring
Hark! I hear a deep'ning sound --
Clouds rise thick with heavy low'ring!
See! th' horizon blackens round!
Parent of the soothing measure,
Let me seize thy wetted string!
Swiftly flies the flatterer, Pleasure,
Headlong, ever on the wing.

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