Sonnet: On Receiving a Letter Informing Me of the Birth of a Son

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834
When they did greet me Father, sudden Awe
Weigh'd down my spirit! I retired and knelt
Seeking the throne of grace, but inly felt
No heavenly visitation upwards draw
My feeble mind, nor cheering ray impart.
Ah me! before the Eternal Sire I brought
The unquiet silence of confused Thought
And shapeless feelings: my o'erwhelmed Heart
Trembled: & vacant tears stream'd down my face.
And now once more, O Lord! to thee I bend,
Lover of souls! and groan for future grace,
That, ere my Babe youth's perilous maze have trod,
Thy overshadowing Spirit may descend
And he be born again, a child of God!

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Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772–1834

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Parenthood, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Religion, God & the Divine, Christianity

Occasions Birth

Holidays Father's Day

Poetic Terms Sonnet

 Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge is the premier poet-critic of modern English tradition, distinguished for the scope and influence of his thinking about literature as much as for his innovative verse. Active in the wake of the French Revolution as a dissenting pamphleteer and lay preacher, he inspired a brilliant generation of writers and attracted the patronage of progressive men of the rising middle class. As William Wordsworth’s . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Parenthood, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Religion, God & the Divine, Christianity

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Sonnet

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