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Coleridge, David Hartley - Sure ‘tis a holy and a healing thought



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Bricks without Mortar – The Selected Poems of Hartley Coleridge

Sure ‘tis a holy and a healing thought
That fills my heart and mind at sight of thee
Thou purest abstract of humanity
Sweet infant, we might deem thy smile was brought
From some far distant Paradise, where nought
Forbad to hope whate’er of good may be
Where thou could’st know, and feel, and trust, and see
That innocence which, lost is vainly sought
In this poor world.  Yet, if thou wert so good
As love conceives thee, thou hadst ne’er been born
For sure the Lord of Justice never would
Have doomed a loyal spirit to be shorn
Of its immortal glories – never could
Exile perfection to an earth forlorn

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Coleridge, David Hartley

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