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Keep the Heart

Sunset
 
 
 
                                          Nor in this bower,
This little lime-tree bower, have I not mark'd
Much that has sooth'd me. Pale beneath the blaze
Hung the transparent foliage; and I watch'd
Some broad and sunny leaf, and lov'd to see
The shadow of the leaf and stem above
Dappling its sunshine! And that walnut-tree
Was richly ting'd, and a deep radiance lay
Full on the ancient ivy, which usurps
Those fronting elms, and now, with blackest mass
Makes their dark branches gleam a lighter hue
Through the late twilight: and though now the bat
Wheels silent by, and not a swallow twitters,
Yet still the solitary humble-bee
Sings in the bean-flower! Henceforth I shall know
That Nature ne'er deserts the wise and pure;
No plot so narrow, be but Nature there,
No waste so vacant, but may well employ
Each faculty of sense, and keep the heart
Awake to Love and Beauty! and sometimes
'Tis well to be bereft of promis'd good,
That we may lift the soul, and contemplate
With lively joy the joys we cannot share.
 
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Stephen Evans on Saturday, 13 April 2024 14:16

This poem was written following the first visit of William and Dorothy Wordsworth to Coleridge,, who had recently settled at Nether-Stowey. Also visiting was Coleridge's friend Charles Lamb, to whom the poem was addressed. Coleridge had a sprained ankle and could not roam the landscape with his friends.

This poem was written following the first visit of William and Dorothy Wordsworth to Coleridge,, who had recently settled at Nether-Stowey. Also visiting was Coleridge's friend Charles Lamb, to whom the poem was addressed. Coleridge had a sprained ankle and could not roam the landscape with his friends.
Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 16 April 2024 15:30

Thank you for this :-)

Thank you for this :-)
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