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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. Thoughts During the Singing of a Beautiful Song
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
To William Linley

WHILE my young cheek retains its healthful hues,
  And I have many friends who hold me dear,
  Linley! methinks I would not often hear
  Such melodies as thine, lest I should lose
All memory of the wrongs and sore distress        5
  For which my miserable brethren weep!
  But should uncomforted misfortunes steep
  My daily bread in tears and bitterness,
And if at death’s dread moment I should lie
  With no beloved face at my bedside,        10
To fix the last glance of my closing eye,
  Methinks such strains, breathed by my angel guide,
Would make me pass the cup of anguish by,
  Mix with the blest, nor know that I had died!

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