Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Constancy To An Ideal Object


Since all, that beat about in Nature's range,
Or veer or vanish ; why should'st thou remain
The only constant in a world of change,
O yearning THOUGHT ! that liv'st but in the brain ?
Call to the HOURS, that in the distance play,
The faery people of the future day-- --
Fond THOUGHT ! not one of all that shining swarm
Will breathe on thee with life-enkindling breath,
Till when, like strangers shelt'ring from a storm,
Hope and Despair meet in the porch of Death !
Yet still thou haunt'st me ; and though well I see,
She is not thou, and only thou art she,
Still, still as though some dear embodied Good,
Some living Love before my eyes there stood
With answering look a ready ear to lend,
I mourn to thee and say--`Ah ! loveliest Friend !
That this the meed of all my toils might be,
To have a home, an English home, and thee !'
Vain repetition ! Home and Thou are one.
The peacefull'st cot, the moon shall shine upon,
Lulled by the Thrush and wakened by the Lark,
Without thee were but a becalméd Bark,
Whose Helmsman on an Ocean waste and wide
Sits mute and pale his mouldering helm beside.

And art thou nothing ? Such thou art, as when
The woodman winding westward up the glen
At wintry dawn, where o'er the sheep-track's maze
The viewless snow-mist weaves a glist'ning haze,
Sees full before him, gliding without tread,
An image with a glory round its head ;
The enamoured rustic worships its fair hues,
Nor knows he makes the shadow, he pursues !

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001
Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: home, despair, future, ocean, snow, change, nature, moon, friend, people, hope, death, world, wind

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Constancy To An Ideal Object by Samuel Taylor Coleridge )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. If Any Sense Is Attempted To Be Made, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. Just one kiss, Kelly Curiel
  3. I love you to the moon and back, Petai Jirakongpipat
  4. jewel in crown of hell, ademola oluwabusayo
  5. prostitution, ademola oluwabusayo
  6. A Young Girl Is A Source of Inspiration,.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  7. nose dive, jerome moore
  8. a piece of apple browning and skin peeli.., jerome moore
  9. Wounded Roses Sing by I.H.Rizvi, Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. to woo, Zmz Gbzn

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]