Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834 / Devon / England)
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.
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 !
Poet Other Poems
- (Fragment 2) I know 'tis but a Dream, ye...
- A Child's Evening Prayer
- A Christmas Carol
- A Couplet, Written In A Volume Of Poems ...
- A Day Dream
- A Mathematical Problem
- A Soliloquy Of The Full Moon, She Being ...
- A Tombless Epitaph
- About The Nightingale
- Absence: A Farewell Ode On Quitting Scho...
- Addressed To A Young Man Of Fortune Who ...
- Aeolian Harp, The
- Answer To A Child's Question
- Aplolgia Pro Vita Sua
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.