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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. On Leaving School
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
(Written at Eighteen)

FAREWELL, 1 parental scenes! a sad farewell!
  To you my grateful heart still fondly clings,
  Though fluttering round on Fancy’s burnished wings,
  Her tale of future joy Hope loves to tell.
Adieu, adieu! ye much-loved cloisters pale!        5
  Ah! would those happy days return again,
  When ’neath your arches, free from every stain,
  I heard of guilt, and wondered at the tale!
Dear haunts! where oft my simple lays I sang,
  Listening meanwhile the echoing of my feet:        10
  Lingering I quit you with as great a pang
As when, erewhile, my weeping childhood, torn
  By early sorrow from my native seat,
  Mingled its tears with hers, my widowed parent lorn.
Note 1. At Christ’s Hospital, where he was contemporary with Lamb, who has recorded the wonderful powers of his conversation, even when a school-boy. [back]

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