Cologne Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Cologne

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In Köhln, a town of monks and bones,
And pavements fang'd with murderous stones
And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches;
I counted two and seventy stenches,
All well defined, and several stinks!
Ye Nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,
The river Rhine, it is well known,
Doth wash your city of Cologne;
But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?

Cologne
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ramesh T A 18 June 2020

This poem of 18th century by the great Poet Coleridge pretty well reflects the plight of rivers in modern world! Thanks for sharing this now!

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Dr Antony Theodore 18 June 2020

The river Rhine, it is well known, Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine? ver ý good poem, tony

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Edward Kofi Louis 18 June 2020

Rags and tags! Musing along with your life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Mahtab Bangalee 18 June 2020

Town of monks! ! ! but full with bones, odors......................! River stream of purity in stagnation! No washing personnel! as divine power Nymph also not to help......! but, monks were there.......for what? ? ?

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Ratnakar Mandlik 18 June 2020

Portrayal of a town on the banks of Rhine with it's polluted dirty township. A well deserved classic poem of the day.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 18 June 2020

The river Rhine, it is well known, Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine? .......a captivating question to river. Beautiful poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is well executed.

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Shaun Cronick 18 June 2020

A poem and poet way ahead of their respected satirical times.

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paul amrod 18 June 2020

The city of Köln is still there and the Rhine is somewhat cleaner than it was in those days. However it was very much dirtier for a long time.

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