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Coleridge, David Hartley - The insect birds that suck nectareous juice

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Bricks without Mortar – The Selected Poems of Hartley Coleridge

The insect birds that suck nectareous juice
From straightest tubes of curly petalled flowers
Or catch the honey-dew that falls profuse
Through the soft air, distil’d in viewless showers
Whose colours seem the very souls of gems
Or parting rays of fading diadems

I have but seen their feathers – that is all
As much as we can know of poets dead
Or living; but the gilded plumes that fall
Float on the earth, or in the wind dispread
Go everywhere to beautify the breeze
Sweet wind, surcharged with treasures such as these

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Coleridge, David Hartley

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