Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LINES FROM A NOTEBOOK - MAY 1810, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE



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LINES FROM A NOTEBOOK - MAY 1810, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have experience'd / the worst, the world can wreak on me; the worst
Last Line: That ties me to myself -- and break I shall! --


I have experienc'd
The worst, the World can wreak on me; the worst
That can make Life indifferent, yet disturb
With whisper'd Discontents the dying prayer.
I have beheld the whole of all, wherein
My Heart had any interest in this Life,
To be disrent and torn from off my Hopes
That nothing now is left. Why then live on?
That Hostage, which the world had in it's keeping
Given by me as a Pledge that I would live,
That Hope of Her, say rather, that pure Faith
In her fix'd Love, which held me to keep truce
With the Tyranny of Life -- is gone ah whither?
What boots it to reply? -- 'tis gone! and now
Well may I break this Pact, this League of Blood
That ties me to myself -- and break I shall! --





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