Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Time, Real And Imaginary


On the wide level of a mountain's head,
(I knew not where, but 'twas some faery place)
Their pinions, ostrich-like, for sails out-spread,
Two lovely children run an endless race,
A sister and a brother !
This far outstripp'd the other ;
Yet ever runs she with reverted face,
And looks and listens for the boy behind :
[Image] For he, alas ! is blind !
O'er rough and smooth with even step he passed,
And knows not whether he be first or last.

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

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