Robert Southey Poems
- Inchcape Rock No stir in the air, no stir in the sea, The ...
- God's Judgment On A Wicked Bis... The summer and autumn had ...
- His Books MY days among the Dead are past; Around me I ...
- Go, Valentine Go, Valentine, and tell that lovely maid Whom...
- Winter A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee, Old ...
- The Widow Cold was the night wind, drifting fast the snows ...
- Hold Your Mad Hands Hold your mad hands! for ever on your ...
Robert Southey was expelled from Westminster School for criticising the practice of flogging in the school magazine. This incident helped to fire his youthful revolutionary ideals, which found expression a few years later in his first long poem Joan of Arc (1796). He went to Balliol College, Oxford, but failed to gain a degree; his attention was taken up by a new friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and his ideas about 'pantisocracy', a scheme to set up a utopian community in America. Southey and Coleridge married two sisters, Edith and Sara Fricker. Though there was some ill-feeling over the abandonment of pantisocracy, the two men remained friends.
By this time Southey had resolved ... more »
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No stir in the air, no stir in the sea,
The Ship was still as she could be;
Her sails from heaven received no motion,
Her keel was steady in the ocean.
Without either sign or sound of their shock,
The waves flow’d over the Inchcape Rock;
So little they rose, so little they fell,
They did not move the Inchcape Bell.
The Abbot of Aberbrothok
Had placed that bell on the Inchcape Rock;
On a buoy in the storm it floated and swung,
And over the waves its warning rung.
When the Rock was hid by the surge’s swell,
The Mariners heard the ...