Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Glycine's Song

Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A sunny shaft did I behold,
From sky to earth it slanted:
And poised therein a bird so bold
Sweet bird, thou wert enchanted!

He sank, he rose, he twinkled, he troll'd
Within that shaft of sunny mist;
His eyes of fire, his beak of gold,
All else of amethyst!

And thus he sang: 'Adieu! adieu!
Love's dreams prove seldom true.
The blossoms, they make no delay:
The sparking dew-drops will not stay.
Sweet month of May,
We must away;
Far, far away!
To-day! to-day!'

Comments about Glycine's Song by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/21/2017 11:49:00 AM)

    Love's dreams prove seldom true
    Great truth.Beautifully expounded.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/25/2016 1:59:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the descriptive lines about this bird(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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