Sabbath Poetry: Coleridge

Today is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s birthday, and Malcolm Guite has posted a sonnet he wrote in honor of the great poet, philosopher, and literary critic. Read more of Guite’s homage to Coleridge at his website and/or listen to Guite reading his own poem. Enjoy!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘Stop, Christian passer-by!—Stop, child of God!’

You made your epitaph imperative,

And stopped this wedding guest! But I am glad

To stop with you and start again, to live

From that pure source, the all-renewing stream,

Whose living power is imagination,

And know myself a child of the I AM,

Open and loving to his whole creation.

Your glittering eye taught mine to pierce the veil,

To let his light transfigure all my seeing,

To serve the shaping Spirit whom I feel,

And make with him the poem of my being.

I follow where you sail towards our haven,

Your wide wake lit with glimmerings of heaven.