Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Moon, how definite its orb! (fragment)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets.






The Moon, how definite its orb!
  Yet gaze again, and with a steady gaze--
  'Tis there indeed,--but where is it not?--
  It is suffused o'er all the sapphire Heaven,
  Trees, herbage, snake-like stream, unwrinkled Lake,
  Whose very murmur does of it partake
  And low and close the broad smooth mountain
  Is more a thing of Heaven than when
  Distinct by one dim shade and yet undivided from the universal cloud
  In which it towers, finite in height.

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