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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Phantasmion. A Fairy Tale (1837)
V. “I Tremble when with Look Benign”
By Sarah Coleridge (1802–1850)
(From Chapter XVIII.)

I TREMBLE when with look benign
Thou tak’st my offer’d hand in thine,
Lest passion-breathing words of mine
          The charm should break:
And friendly smiles be forced to fly,        5
Like soft reflections of the sky,
Which, when rude gales are sweeping by,
          Desert the lake.
Of late I saw thee in a dream;
The day-star pour’d his hottest beam,        10
And thou, a cool refreshing stream,
          Did’st brightly run:
The trees where thou wert pleased to flow,
Threw out their flowers, a glorious show,
While I, too distant doomed to grow,        15
          Pined in the sun.
By no life-giving moisture fed,
A wasted tree, I bow’d my head,
My sallow leaves and blossoms shed
          On earth’s green breast:        20
And silent pray’d the slumbering wind,
The lake, thy tarrying place, might find,
And waft my leaves, with breathings kind,
          There, there, to rest.
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