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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Summer Rain
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
 
THICK lay the dust, uncomfortably white,
In glaring mimicry of Arab sand.
The woods and mountains slept in hazy light;
The meadows look’d athirst and tawny tanned;
The little rills had left their channels bare,        5
With scarce a pool to witness what they were;
And the shrunk river gleamed ’mid oozy stones,
That stared like any famished giant’s bones.
 
Sudden the hills grew black, and hot as stove
The air beneath; it was a toil to be.        10
There was a growling as of angry Jove,
Provoked by Juno’s prying jealousy—
A flash—a crash—the firmament was split,
And down it came in drops—the smallest fit
To drown a bee in fox-glove bell conceal’d;        15
Joy filled the brook, and comfort cheered the field.
 
 
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