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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. To the Author of “The Robbers”
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
SCHILLER! that hour I would have wished to die,
  If through the shuddering midnight I had sent
  From the dark dungeon of the tower time-rent
  That fearful voice, a famished Father’s cry,
Lest in some after moment aught more mean        5
  Might stamp me mortal! A triumphant shout
  Black Horror screamed, and all her goblin rout
  Diminished shrunk from the more withering scene!
Ah, bard tremendous in sublimity!
  Could I behold thee in thy loftier mood        10
  Wandering at eve with finely frenzied eye
Beneath some vast old tempest-swinging wood!
  Awhile with mute awe gazing I would brood:
  Then weep aloud in a wild ecstasy!

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