Lovely Love Poems: From Frost at Midnight

I have loved this poem since I found it one day in English 205, wandering through The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Reading it out loud is a particularly lovely and pleasurable experience.

from Frost at Midnight

Dear Babe, that sleepest cradled by my side,
Whose gentle breathings, heard in this deep calm,
Fill up the interspersed vacancies
And momentary pauses of the thought!
My babe so beautiful! it thrills my heart
With tender gladness, thus to look at thee,
And think that thou shalt learn far other lore,
And in far other scenes! For I was reared
In the great city, pent ‘mid cloisters dim,
And saw naught lovely but the sky and stars,
But thou, my babe! shalt wander like a breeze
By lakes and sandy shores, beneath the crags
Of ancient mountain, and beneath the clouds,
Which image in their bulk both lakes and shores
And mountain crags: so shalt thou see and hear
The lovely shapes and sounds intelligible
Of that eternal language, which thy God
Utters, who from eternity doth teach
Himself in all, and all things in himself.
Great universal Teacher! he shall mold
Thy spirit, and by giving make it ask.

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the readbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare brance
Of mossy apple tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of the frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

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One response to “Lovely Love Poems: From Frost at Midnight

  1. Reblogged this on Just Love. and commented:
    Love poems. GAHH. <3

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