Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

The Faded Flower - Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ungrateful he, who pluck'd thee from thy stalk,
Poor faded flow'ret! on his careless way;
Inhal'd awhile thy odours on his walk,
Then onward pass'd and left thee to decay.
Ah! melancholy emblem! had I seen
Thy modest beauties dew'd with Evening's gem,
I had not rudely cropp'd thy parent stem,
But left thee, blushing, 'mid the enliven'd green.
And now I bend me o'er thy wither'd bloom,
And drop the tear - as Fancy, at my side,
Deep-sighing, points the fair frail Abra's tomb -
'Like thine, sad Flower, was that poor wanderer's pride!
Oh! lost to Love and Truth, whose selfish joy
Tasted her vernal sweets, but tasted to destroy!'


Comments about The Faded Flower by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • (8/16/2017 2:49:00 AM)


    Lost to love and truth whose selfish joy
    Great poem with great craftsmanship.
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  • (10/21/2016 10:32:00 PM)


    ..but tasted to destroy. Awesome write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 3, 2011


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