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Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The Suicide's Argument


Ere the birth of my life, if I wished it or no
No question was asked me--it could not be so !
If the life was the question, a thing sent to try
And to live on be YES; what can NO be ? to die.

NATURE'S ANSWER

Is't returned, as 'twas sent ? Is't no worse for the wear ?
Think first, what you ARE ! Call to mind what you WERE !
I gave you innocence, I gave you hope,
Gave health, and genius, and an ample scope,
Return you me guilt, lethargy, despair ?
Make out the invent'ry ; inspect, compare !
Then die--if die you dare ! 



                      Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Samuel Taylor Coleridge's other poems:
  1. An Invocation
  2. Devonshire Roads
  3. Inscription for a Fountain on a Heath
  4. This Lime-tree Bower my Prison
  5. Julia


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