Fragment 3: Come, come thou bleak December wind

Original Text: 
The poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. James Dykes Campbell (London: Macmillan, 1893). VICT Rare Books No. 151. The complete poetical works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: including poems and versions of poems now published for the first time, ed. Ernest Hartley Coleridge (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1912). PR 4470 F12 VICT Rare Books.
2And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
3Flash, like a Love-thought, thro' me, Death
4And take a Life that wearies me.


1] Dated at Pisa, in Notebook 15; the lines are a highly charged personal adaptation of Percy's "Waly, Waly," stanza 3: "Marti' mas wind when wilt thou blaw,/And shake the green leaves off the tree?/O gentle death, when wilt thou cum?/For of my life I am wearie." Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Kathleen Coburn; R. S. Woof
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.475.