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Work Without Hope


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    Work Without Hope


    Work Without Hope

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    (composed 21st February 1825)

    All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair --
    The bees are stirring -- birds are on the wing --
    And Winter slumbering in the open air,
    Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
    And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,
    Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.

    Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,
    Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
    Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
    For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
    With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll:
    And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
    Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
    And Hope without an object cannot live.

    This poem is one of many published by the EServer, a nonprofit collective.