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Original Text: 
Hartley Coleridge, New Poems, Including a Selection from his Published Poetry, ed. Earl Leslie Griggs (London: Oxford University Press, 1942): 88. PR 4467 N4 1942
1Something has my heart to say
2Something on my brest does weigh
3That when I would full fain be gay
4     Still pulls me back.
5Something evil does this load
6Most assuredly forebode,
7So my experience sadly shew'd
8     Too well I know.
9Sometimes, as if with mocking guile
10The pain departs a little while,
11Then I can dance and sing and smile
12     With merry glee --
13But soon, to soon it comes again
14The sulky, stifling, leaden pain,
15As a black cloud is big with rain
16     'Tis big with woe.
17All I ask is but to know
18The depth and nature of the woe.
19I hope not for a wind to blow
20     The cloud away.
21I hear an inarticulate sound
22Wherein no fixed sense is found
23But sorrow, sorrow without bound
24     Of what or where.
Publication Start Year: 
1851
Publication Notes: 
Memoir of Hartley Coleridge by Dervent Coleridge, in Poems, 2nd edn., 2 vols. (London: Moxon, 1851): I, lxxxiii. PR 4467 A2C6 Robarts Library
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.
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