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Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Medio de fonte leporum Surgit amari aliquid.

Julia was blest with beauty, wit, and grace:
Small poets lovd to sing her blooming face.
Before her altars, lo! a numerous train
Preferrd their vows; yet all preferrd in vain,

Till charming Florio, born to conquer, came
And touchd the fair one with an equal flame.
The flame she felt, and ill could she conceal
What every look and action would reveal.
With boldness then, which seldom fails to move,
He pleads the cause of Marriage and of Love:
The course of Hymeneal joys he rounds,
The fair ones eyes dancd pleasure at the sounds.
Nought now remaind but Noes  how little meant!
And the sweet coyness that endears consent.
The youth upon his knees enrapturd fell:
The strange misfortune, oh! what words can tell?
Tell! ye neglected sylphs! who lap-dogs guard,
Why snatchd ye not away your precious ward?
Why sufferd ye the lovers weight to fall
On the ill-fated neck of much-lovd Ball?
The favourite on his mistress casts his eyes,
Gives a short melancholy howl, and  dies.
Sacred his ashes lie, and long his rest!
Anger and grief divide poor Julias breast.
Her eyes she fixt on guilty Florio first:
On him the storm of angry grief must burst.
That storm he fled: he wooes a kinder fair,
Whose fond affections no dear puppies share.
Twere vain to tell, how Julia pind away:
Unhappy Fair! that in one luckless day 
From future Almanacks the day be crost! 
At once her Lover and her Lap-dog lost.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's other poems:
  1. Lines
  2. Ode to Tranquillity
  3. Lines Written after a Walk before Supper
  4. On a Ruined House in a Romantic Country
  5. To an Infant

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