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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Phantasmion. A Fairy Tale (1837)
IX. “Yon Changeful Cloud”
By Sarah Coleridge (1802–1850)
 
(From Chapter XXVII.)

YON changeful cloud will soon thy aspect wear—
So bright it grows:—and now, by light winds shaken
O ever seen yet ne’er to be o’ertaken!
Those waving branches seem thy billowy hair.
The cypress glades recall thy pensive air;        5
Slow rills, that wind like snakes amid the grass,
Thine eye’s mild sparkle fling me as they pass,
Yet murmuring cry, This fruitless quest forbear!
 
Nay e’en amid the cataract’s loud storm,
Where foamy torrents from the crags are leaping,        10
Methinks I catch swift glimpses of thy form,
Thy robe’s light folds in airy tumult sweeping;
Then silent are the falls: ’mid colours warm
Gleams the bright maze beneath their splendour sleeping.
 
 
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