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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Brockley Coomb
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
Composed While Climbing the Left Ascent of Brockley Coomb, Somersetshire, May, 1795

WITH many a pause and oft-reverted eye
I climb the Coomb’s ascent; sweet songsters near
Warble in shade their wildwood melody;
Far off the unvarying cuckoo soothes my ear.
Up scour the startling stragglers of the flock        5
That on green plots o’er precipices browse;
From the deep fissures of the naked rock
The yew-tree bursts! Beneath its dark-green boughs
(Mid which the May-thorn blends its blossoms white)
Where broad smooth stones jut out in mossy seats,        10
I rest;—and now have gained the topmost site.
Ah! what a luxury of landscape meets
My gaze! Proud towers, and cots more dear to me,
Elm-shadowed fields, and prospect-bounding sea!
Deep sighs my lonely heart: I drop the tear:        15
Enchanting spot! O, were my Sara here!
 
 
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