Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.
Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female
angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed
the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE&
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
Note: Engraving of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
First published in ”Ballads and Sonnets“
This is a printed copy of the poem taken from the first edition of
Ballads and Sonnets
text (page 315).
Transcription Gap: Ballads and Sonnets text (text available elsewhere)
- His Soul fared forth (as from the deep home-grove
- The father-songster plies the hour-long quest,)
- To feed his soul-brood hungering in the nest;
- But his warm Heart, the mother-bird, above
- Their callow fledgling progeny still hove
- With tented roof of wings and fostering breast
- Till the Soul fed the soul-brood. Richly blest
- From Heaven their growth, whose food was Human Love.
- Yet ah! Like desert pools that show the stars
10 Once in long leagues,—even such the
- Which deepening pain left to his lordliest powers:—
- Heaven lost through spider-trammelled prison-bars.
- Five years, from seventy saved! Yet kindling skies
- Own them, a beacon to our centuries.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the British Library