Biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 is in Poets.

Work without Hope by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Lines Composed 21st February 1825

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—

The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—

And Winter slumbering in the open air,

Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!

And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,

Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,

Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.

Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,

For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!

With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll:

And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?

Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,

And Hope without an object cannot live.

On 24 May 1743 [his father] Reverend John Coleridge (age 24) and Mary Lendon were married.

On 18 Dec 1753 [his father] Reverend John Coleridge (age 34) and [his mother] Anne Bowden (age 27) were married.

On 21 Oct 1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born to Reverend John Coleridge (age 53) and Anne Bowden (age 46). The youngest of ten children by his father's second wife.

In 06 Oct 1781 [his father] Reverend John Coleridge (age 62) died.

In 1809 [his mother] Anne Bowden (age 83) died.

1819. Castlerigg Stone Circle [Map]. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (age 46): "a Druidical circle [where] the mountains stand one behind the other, in orderly array as if evoked by and attentive to the assembly of white-vested wizards" (1799) and Keats "Scarce images of life, one here, one there,/Lay vast and edgeways; like a dismal cirque/Of Druid stones, upon a forlorn moor…"

On 25 Jul 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (age 61) died.

Cansick's Monumental Inscriptions Volume 2 Highgate Cemetery. Highgate Cemetery. Sacred to the Memory of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (deceased). Poet, Philospher. Theologian. This truly great and good man resider for the last nineteen years of his life In this Hamlet. He quitted "the body of this death" July 25th 1834 In the sixty-second year of his age. Of his profound learning and discursive genius His literary works are an imperishable record. To his or private worth. His social and Christian virtues. James and Ann Gillman. The friends with whom he lived During the above period, dedicate this tablet. Under the pressure of a long And most painful disease. His disposition was unalterably sweet and angelic. He was an ever-enduring. ever-loving friend: The gentlest and kindest teacher: The most engaging home-companion. "O! framed for calmer times, and nobler hearts, O studious poet, eloquent for truth! Philosopher! condemning wealth and death. Yet docile, childlike, full of life and love." Here on thy monumental stone thy friends inscribe thy worth; Reader, for the world, mourn; A light has passed away from the earth ; But, for this pious and exalted Christian, "Rejoice! and again, I say unto you rejoice!"