Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Youth and Old Age
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Collected works
From Youth and Age
When I was young? Ah woeful when!
Ah for the change 'twixt Now and Then!
This breathing house not built with hands,
This body that does me grievous wrong,
O'er aery cliffs and glittering sands,
How lightly then it flashed along
Nought cared this body for wind or weather
When youth and I lived in't together
O Youth! For years so many and sweet
'Tis known, that Thou and I were one,
I'll think it but a fond conceit
It cannot be that Thou art gone!
I see these locks in silvery slips
This drooping gait, this altered size
But springtide blossoms on thy lips
And tears take sunshine from thine eyes!
Life is but thought, so think I will
That Youth and I are house-mates still