A Slumber did my Spirit Seal

Original Text: 
William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads, 2nd edn. (London: Longman, 1800). No. 5, 1 (c.1,2), 2(c.1) (Victoria College Library, Toronto).
2      I had no human fears:
3She seemed a thing that could not feel
4      The touch of earthly years.
5No motion has she now, no force;
6      She neither hears nor sees;
7Rolled round in earth's diurnal course,
8      With rocks, and stones, and trees.


1] Composed in Germany. Coleridge wrote of this poem in a letter of April 1799: "Some months ago Wordsworth transmitted to me a most sublime Epitaph ... whether it had any reality, I cannot say.--Most probably, in some gloomier moment he had fancied the moment in which his Sister might die." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
J. R. MacGillivray
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.335.