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p. xix).

Lamb's early sonnets (the " ewe-lambs " for which
he had pleaded successfully at first) did not escape
Coleridge's pruning-knife in the second issue.

A copy of this edition, with marginal autograph
corrections by S. T. C, is in the collection of the late
Frederick Locker-Lampson, Esq., and a full account
of it is given in Pickering's four-volume Coleridge of


Fears in Solitude. Written in 1798,
during the alarm of an invasion. To
which are added France, an Ode, and
- ost at Midnight. By S. T. Cole-
ridge. London : Printed for J. Johnson,
St. Paul's Churchyard, 1798. 4to.,
pp. 23.

The half-title is on the outer leaf, and bears the

ice, " One Shilling and Sixpence." Of the poems

:ontained in the volume " France " was first printed in

The Morning Post, April 16, 1798, under the title of

1 Recantation : an Ode," and the other two in this



Poems, by S. T. Coleridge, Esq. [Colophon].
Printed by Law and Gilbert, St. John's
Square, London. 8vo., pp. 16.

The poems contained in this very rare volume, of
which there is a copy in the library of the late
Frederick Locker-Lampson, Esq., are " Fears in Soli-
tude," " France : an Ode," and " Frost at Midnight."
It seems to have been privately printed.

(1) Lyrical Ballads, with a few other
Poems. Bristol : Printed by Biggs
Cottle, for T. N. Longman, Paternoster
Row, London. 1798.

(2) Lyrical Ballads, with a few other
Poems. London : Printed for J. and A.
Arch, Gracechurch Street. 1798. Small
8vo. Title, pp. viii + 210 + Errata, 1 p.,
followed by a leaf of advertisements.
Owing to a rearrangement of the cont ei
there are two unnumbered pages between
pp. 69 and 70.

The joint work of William Wordsworth and Samuel
Taylor Coleridge, published anonymously, and <
taining " The Ancient Mariner," and other poems, by

1798.] OF COLERIDGE 19

S. T. C.| first printed here, the other poems being two
scenes from the newly-written and hitherto unpublished
tragedy of " Osorio " (under the title of " The
Dungeon " and " The Foster Mother's Tale "), and
" The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem." Copies
of the first (or one-volume) anonymous edition of
" Lyrical Ballads," with Joseph Cottle's original
Bristol title-page, are of the utmost rarity. In an ex-
perience ranging over nearly forty years, I never saw
but one copy, containing manuscript additions to " The
Ancient Mariner," in the autograph of S. T. C. This
was lent by the private owner to the publisher of the
four-volume edition of Coleridge, issued in 1877 — the
late Mr. Basil Montagu Pickering. It was not an un-
cut copy, nor did I ever see an uncut copy of the book
with the Bristol title-page. Uncut copies, even with
the substituted London title-page of Arch, are very
rare. The copies distributed by Cottle, either by sale
or to the author and his friends or reviewers, must
have been very limited in number. The bulk of the
edition (? of five hundred copies) which remained un-
sold on the publisher's shelves was transferred by
Cottle (whose own title-page was cancelled) to Arch
in the year of its publication. In the original boards
(the Bristol issue being practically introuvab'e) an uncut
copy of Arch's remainder stock is one of the rarest
and most desirable of modern volumes of English
Verse, which it revolutionized and regenerated more
than any other single publication.*

* There is in the British Museum a copy of the

2 — -2



Contributions, in Verse and Prose, to The
Morning Post, including some of the most
brilliant of Coleridge's shorter poems.
This list comprises the majority, but does
not claim to be exhaustive.


I. Jan. 2. " To the Lord Mayor's Nose," a stanza
which was afterwards embodied in the
poem called " The Nose."

" Lyrical Ballads " with the Bristol imprint which
formerly belonged to Southey, and contains Coleridge's
poem "Lewti," which was at the last moment can-
celled, and " The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem,"
substituted. Mr. R. A. Potts possesses another copy,
which contains the substituted leaf, as in ordinary
copies, but also possesses an unique feature in having
an extra leaf {recto unnumbered, verso numbered 63*,
on which are printed some lines entitled " Domiciliary
Verses, December, 1795." These verses are by
neither Wordsworth nor Coleridge, but are the compo-
sition of Dr. Beddoes, of Bristol, the father of Thomas
Lovcll Beddoes, the poet. Cf. The Ather.aum for
January 14, 1899, No. 3,716. — Ed.

1 799-] OF COLERIDGE 21

2. Jan. 8. " Fire, Famine and Slaughter."

3. March 10. "The Raven." When originally

printed this poem had no title, but merely an
introductory letter. The title which it now
bears was given to it when published in
"The Annual Anthology," 1800.

4. April 13. "Lewti ; or, the Circassian Love

Chaunt," signed "Nicias Erythraus."

5. April 16. " The Recantation : an Ode."

Shortly afterwards published in a quarto
pamphlet (see p. 17) under the title of
" France : an Ode," under which title it was
again reprinted in The Morning Post,
October 14, 1802, together with some ex-
tracts from " Fears in Solitude."

6. July 30. " A Tale," afterwards called " Recanta-

tion illustrated in the Story of the Mad


1. Aug. 17. "Names."

2. Aug. 24 (?). " The British Stripling's War Song,"

reprinted in " The Annual Anthology,"

3. Sept. 6. "The Devil's Thoughts." The first

three and the ninth stanzas were by Southey.

4. Sept. 7. " On a Reader of his own Verses."

5. Sept. 17. "Lines written in the Album at



6. Sept. 23. An Epigram ("Jem writes his Verses").

7. Sept. 24. " Lines composed in a Concert-


8. Nov. 14. An Epigram (" Dives can find no Taste

in Tea ").

9. Nov. 16. An Epigram ("Jack drinks fine

Wines ").

10. Dec. 12. An Epigram ("What ? rise again").

11. Dec. 21. "Introduction to the Tale of the

Dark Ladie," of which the greater part was
republished in the " Lyrical Ballads "of 1800,
under the title of " Love."

12. Dec. 24. "Ode to Georgiana, Duchess of


13. Dec. 25. "A Christmas Carol."


1. Jan. 10. " Talleyrand to^Lord Granville."

2. Jan. 24. "To Mr. Pye."

3. Dec. 4. "The Two Round Spaces: a Skel-



1. Sept. 15. "On Revisiting the Sea-Shore."

2. Sept. 18. "Song to be sung by the Lovers of


3. Sept. 22. " Epitaph on a Bad Man."

i8o2.] OF COLERIDGE 23

4. Sept. 25. " Drinking versus Thinking."

5. Sept. 26. "The Devil Outwitted."

6. Sept. 26. " Job's Luck."

7. Sept. 27. "A Hint to Premiers and First Con-


8. Dec. 4. " Ode to Tranquillity."

9. Dec. 16. "To a certain modern Narcissus."

10. Dec. 16. "To a Critic."

11. Dec. 19. " Always Audible."

12. Dec. 26. " Pondere non Numero."

13. Dec. 26. An Epigram ("To wed a Fool").


1. Sept. 6. "The Picture; or, the Lover's Reso-


2. Sept. 11. " Chamouni, the Hour before Sun-


3. Sept. 17. "The Keepsake."

4. Sept. 23. Eight Epigrams (J. D. Campbell's

edition of " Poems," pp. 447, 448).

5. Sept. 23. An Epigram ("The Good, Great


6. Sept. 24. "Inscription on a Jutting Stone over

a Spring."

7. Oct. (?). " Ode to the Rain."

8. Oct. 2. Three Epigrams (J. D. Campbell's

edition of " Poems," p. 448).

9. Oct. 4. " Dejection : an Ode."


10. Oct. 9. " Epitaph on a Mercenary Miser."

11. Oct. 11. "A Dialogue between an Author and

his Friend."

12. Oct. 11. " Mw/x>o-oc£ia, or Wisdom in Folly."

13. Oct. 11. Epigram ("Each Bond Street Buck ").

14. Oct. 11. " From an Old German Poet."

15. Oct. 11. "On the curious circumstance, that

in the German language the Sun is feminine,
and the Moon masculine."

16. Oct. II. "Spots in the Sun."

17. Oct. 11. Epigram ("When Surface Talks").

18. Oct. 11. "To my Candle — the Favourite


19. Oct. 16. " The Language of Birds."

20. Oct. 19. "The Day Dream. From an Emi-

grant to his absent Wife."

Among the more important pieces in prose con-
tributed by Coleridge to The Morning Post, was a speech
delivered in the House of Commons by William Pitt,
which appeared in the number for February 1 8, 1800.
The greater part of this speech was composed by Cole-
ridge from his recollections of Mr. Pitt's oratory, and
was characterized by Canning as doing more honour
to the author's head than to his memory. It was
followed by the character of Pitt, which was published
in the number for March 19, 1800. Both are reprinted
by Gillman in his "Life of Coleridge," pp. 195 208.

These contributions are generally signed " Esteesi "
(a sort of Greek anagram of S. T. C, signifying " he
hath stood," or " maintained ") ; but in two cases the

1 802.] OF COLERIDGE 25

signature of " Nicias Erythraeus " is appended to his
original verse contributions, which signature, affixed
to an afterwards acknowledged poem, enables us to
identify as Coleridge's composition a long narrative in
verse, entitled " The Old Man of the Alps," forgotten
or unacknowledged by the author.* Many of the
poems, as originally published in The Morning Post,
contain splendid lines and passages, afterwards omitted
in the collection entitled " Sibylline Leaves." An
incomplete set of The Morning Post of that period is
among the " London Newspapers " in the Library of
the British Museum.

The important period between 1790 and 1800 is,
unfortunately, only represented by a few odd numbers,
and, owing to this deficiency, the editor is unable to
locate a poem concerning which Coleridge wrote in
a letter to W. Sotheby, August 26, 1802 ("Letters,"
p. 397) : " I wrote twelve lines at nineteen, and pub-
lished them many years ago in The Morning Post, as a
fragment —

" Upon a mouldering Abbey's broadest wall," etc.

This poem, under the title of " Melancholy," and

" Stretch'd on a moulder'd Abbey's broadest wall,"

* This poem is not entered in the list, as it was not
acknowledged by Coleridge, nor is it included by Mr.
Dykes Campbell in his exhaustive edition. Its attri-
bution to Coleridge must therefore be considered doubt-
ful. — Ed.


was republished in "Sibylline Leaves," 1 8 1 7, p. 262,
with a note by Coleridge, saying it was " first pub-
lished in The Morning Chronicle in the year 1794."
Mr. Dykes Campbell, who has of course included the
poem in his edition of the P. W., p. 34, says in a note
(p. 573) that he has searched The Morning Chronicle of
1794 for the verses, but without success. This is not
surprising, if they were first published in The Morning
Post. Coleridge had evidently forgotten in 1 8 17 what
he had written in 1802. The poem is conjecturally
dated by Mr. Campbell 1794, but was apparently
written 1791-92.

I 799- I 800.

The Annual Anthology. Bristol : Printed
by Biggs and Co., 1 799-1 800. 2 vols.
Vol. i. : title, advertisement, 1 leaf, 2 un-
numbered leaves of contents, pp. 300 ;
vol. ii. : title, 2 unnumbered leaves of con-
tents, pp. 299. 8vo.

Containing, besides a number of pieces by Robert
Southey and a blank-verse production of Charles
Lamb, a series of poems by S. T. C, some of which
had appeared in The Morning Post, whilst others were
published for the first time. These volumes, in boards
especially, are a desideratum for collectors, forming,

1800.] OF COLERIDGE 27

as they do, the editio princeps of some of the best of
Coleridge's minor poems, of which the following
originally appeared in this collection :


"To a Young Lady " (Miss Lavinia Poole), p. 32.

" To a Friend who had declared his intention of
writing no more poetry," p. 103.

" This Lime Tree Bower My Prison," a poem
addressed to " Charles Lamb, of the India House,
London," p. 140.

" Something Childish, but very Natural," signed
" Cordomi," p. 192.

" Home-sick," signed " Cordomi," p. 193.


I. " O would the Baptist come again," p. 267.
II. "I hold of all our Viperous Race," p. 267.
IV. "If the guilt of all lying consists in deceit,"

p. 268.
VI. " As Dick and I at Charing Cross were

walking," p. 269.
VII. " Thy Babes ne'er greet thee with the
Father's name," p. 269.
VIII. " Hippona lets no silly flush," p. 269.

IX. "Thy lap-dog, Rufa, is a dainty beast,"
p. 270.

XIII. " Swans sing before they die — 'twere no bad

thing," p. 271.

XIV. "A joke (cries Jack) without a sting," p. 271.



General Title.

[Issued with " The Death of Wallenstein."
Wallenstein. A Drama in Two Parts.
Translated from the German of Frederick
Schiller by S. T. Coleridge. London :
Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees,
Paternoster Row, by G. Woodfall, No. 22,
Paternoster Row, 1 800.

Separate Titles.

The Piccolomini, or the First Part of
Wallenstein, a Drama in five acts. Tran-
slated from the German of Frederick
Schiller by S. T. Coleridge. London :
Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees,
Paternoster Row, 1800. 8vo., half-title,
title, pp. iv -h 214.

The Death of Wallenstein. A Tragedy
in five acts. Translated from the German
of Frederick Schiller by S. T. Coleridge.
London : Printed for T. N. Longman

i8oo.] OF COLERIDGE 29

and O. Rees, Paternoster Row, by G.
Woodfall, No. 22, Paternoster-Row, 1800.
8vo., general and special titles, two un-
paged leaves, pp. 157, with an engraved
portrait of Wallenstein.

This translation of " Wallenstein " — not reprinted
until 1828, when the " Poetical and Dramatic Works
of Coleridge " \v r e first collected and published by
William Pickering — had, in less than a quarter of a
century, become so difficult to procure, that Carlyle,
when writing his " Life of Schiller," in 1 823-1 824, was
unable to find or see a copy. Since its republication
in 1828, and on several subsequent occasions, in the
Pickering and Moxon editions, the original issue has
become comparatively easy to obtain, and can hardly,
of later years, take rank as a specially or exceptionally
rare book. Before its tardy reappearance, and when
it was practically unprocurable, another translation (by
George Moir, a Scottish advocate and early acquaint-
ance of Carlyle), not without merit, but inferior to
that of Coleridge, was published at Edinburgh. Charles
Lamb contributed a metrical version of Thekla's song
to the original edition of Coleridge's translation ot
" Wallenstein."

A third volume, containing a translation by S. T. C.
of " Wallenstein's Camp," was announced among the
advertisements, but was apparently never executed or


Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems, in
Two Volumes. By W. Wordsworth.
Quam nihil ad genium, Papiniane, tuum.
Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees,
Paternoster Row, by Biggs and Co., Bristol,
1800. Vol. i. : pp. xlvi + 210, and 3 un-
numbered leaves of " Notes." Vol. ii. :
1 unnumbered leaf of Contents + pp. 227,
with Errata on reverse.

In the first volume reappeared " The Ancient
Mariner," in a revised version, and the other poems
already enumerated ; to the new second volume, now
published for the first time, Coleridge contributed the
poem entitled " Love," a portion of the " Ballad of the
Dark Ladie," which had then recently appeared in
The Morning Tost. These five poems (with some slight
modifications in the longest and most important of
them) continued to appear, for the third and fourth
time, in the later two-volume editions of "Lyrical
Ballads," published in 1802 and 1805 respectively;
but with no other indication of Coleridge's name or
authorship than that they were contributions from a
friend. The name of Coleridge was not, for many
years afterwards, associated with his earliest masterpiece
in verse. Coleridge contributed the introductory stanza
to Wordsworf h's poem of " We are Seven," which the
author had commenced with the narrative portion.

1803.] OF COLERIDGE 31

On the other hand, it appears that Wordsworth contri-
buted a few lines to "The Ancient Mariner," which
was originally intended to be a joint production of the
two friends ; but their styles did not assimilate, and the
scheme of partnership was abandoned. Owing to the
obloquy and abuse heaped upon Wordsworth's new
"Poems in two Volumes," published in 1807, no new
edition of "Lyrical Ballads" was called for for ten
years after that of 1805 ; and when Wordsworth, after
the publication of the quarto " Excursion," collected
his own minor poems in 181 5, he discarded Coleridge's
contributions. It was not until 18 17 that Coleridge,
in his " Sibylline Leaves," at last published " The
Ancient Mariner" as his own. No edition of it had
then appeared, even anonymously, for twelve years.

I 803.

Poems by S. T. Coleridge. [Motto from
Statius, as in First Edition of 1796.]
Third Edition. London : Printed by
N. Biggs, Crane Court, Fleet Street, for
T. N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster
Row, 1803. i2mo., pp. xi + 202.

Substantially a reprint, with a few omissions and
modifications (but without additions), and without the
contributions of Charles Lamb and Charles Lloyd, of
the juvenile and abortive attempts of Coleridge's Muse,


of which the second edition had been published by
Cottle, at Bristol, in 1797. That Coleridge should have
cared to send forth these immature and comparatively
worthless productions to the world for a third time as
his "Poems," in 1803, when he might have issued,
under that title, not only his " Ancient Mariner," but
his " Christabel," and the finest of his shorter poems
from The Morning Post, reveals, significantly enough,
the state of inertia, apathy, and supineness into which
the use of the fatal drug he had resorted to had thrown
him. In 1803 he was so ill and prostrate that he was
compelled to abandon, after proceeding with them only
for the earlier portion of the way, a tour in Scotland,
on ' which he had started with Wordsworth and his
sister Dorothy ; and returning home in weariness of
heart and body, via Edinburgh, where he wrote a dole-
ful epitaph at an inn in a quasi-moribund state, he
made his way back to Keswick as best he could.
Charles Lamb saw this edition through the press during
the author's absence in the Lake district. That so
subtle and delicate a critic and so loyal a friend as
Lamb (intimately acquainted with the exquisite verse
printed by Coleridge during the latest years of the
eighteenth and the earliest years of the nineteenth
centuries, and with the unprinted manuscript fragment
of "Christabel," produced in 1797 and 1800) should
not only have sanctioned, but encouraged and abetted
such a proceeding, would be altogether unaccountable,
except on the following score. The volume of 1797
having become the property of Longman's house when

1803.] OF COLERIDGE 33

Cottle's copyrights and stock were transferred and dis-
posed of, there was a demand for a new edition (the
old one having gradually gone out of print), which the
house — already connected otherwise both with Cole-
ridge and Wordsworth — issued as a routine trade matter.
Having decided upon that course, it was as well that the
book should reappear with the advantage of the author's
superintendence, or, in his absence, with that of some
trusted and competent literary friend. Though Long-
man's loss in suppressing it might have been small, it
was one item among others in an extensive and miscel-
laneous business; and neither Coleridge nor Lamb was
probably in a position, in 1803, to offer them even that
slight pecuniary compensation. The blame rests rather
with Coleridge himself, who might have made overtures
and proposals Lamb was not prepared or authorized to
make, which could hardly have been rejected, and
which must, if accepted, even at that low ebb-tide of
English poetry, have been advantageous to both parties.
Had Coleridge taken this opportunity of collecting his
best poems (including his two great masterpieces) in
the earlier years of the nineteenth century, and left
his juvenile balderdash to be sought after, in the two
Bristol editions, by those whom it might further con-
cern, the satire of Byron in " English Bards " could
hardly have been penned, or would have fallen scathe-
less. That satire was directed against Coleridge's only
acknowledged poems — against a volume of juvenile
verse, no worse, though perhaps no better, than Byron's
own " Hours of Idleness." Coleridge had produced


and published, in his twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth
years, verses as bad as those which Byron had written
and published while still in his minority. But Byron
did not, at least, commit the error of continuing to
republish his abortive productions as the sole offspring
of his Muse after that fledgeling Muse had gained her
wings for flight ; whereas Coleridge deliberately and
contemptuously, as it were, flung again to the world, at
thirty, the scraps and orts of his ill-furnished youthful
table, when he could have set before it a Lucullian


Memoirs of the late Mrs. Robinson,
written by herself, with some posthumous
pieces. In four volumes. Vol. IV.
London : Printed by T. Gillet, Salisbury
Square, for R. Phillips, 71, St. Paul's.
Sold by T. Hurst, Paternoster Row, and
by Messrs. Carpenter, Old Bond Street.
1801. 8vo., pp. iv+ 196.

On page 141 of this volume is a poem called "A
Stranger Minstrel. By S. T. Colridge (sic) Esq.
Written to Mrs. Robinson a few weeks before her
death." It was republished amongst the preliminary
matter prefixed to the " Poetical Works of Mary
Robinson," 4 vols., 1806 (I., xlvii), but not included

i8o2.] OF COLERIDGE 35

in any of the collected volumes or editions of his
poems published during Coleridge's lifetime. It was
first included in the late Mr. Basil Montagu Pickering's
four-volume edition of Coleridge, published in 1877.

The unfortunate "Perdita" (Mary Robinson) had
visited the Lake district in 1800, had become acquainted
with Coleridge — already a resident there — and had
written some verses on the birth (which took place in
that year) of his second son, Derwent.


"To Matilda Betham,from a Stranger."
Keswick, September 9, 1802.

Unknown to the editor of Mr. Pickering's four-
volume edition when it was issued in 1877. These
blank-verse lines occur in a privately printed Auto-
biographical Sketch of Matilda Betham, of which a
copy is preserved in a volume of the Forster pamphlets
at South Kensington.* The poem was quoted in
extenso in the letter from Mr. J. Dykes Campbell
communicating his discovery of it to the Atkeneeum,
March 15, 1890, and appears in his one-volume edition
of Coleridge's "Poetical Works," 1893, pp. 167, 168.

* These pamphlets are contained in 602 volumes,
and the sketch of Matilda Betham is included in vol. i.
Coleridge's verses occupy pp. 9-12. — Ed.




The Wild Wreath, Edited by M. E.
Robinson. London : Printed for Richard
Phillips, 7, St. Paul's Churchyard. 1804.
pp. viii + 228.

Marv Elizabeth Robinson, who edited this volume
after her mother's death, was the daughter of the
unfortunate Mary Robinson referred to in a previous
entry. It contains an original contribution by S. T. C,
a poem entitled "The Mad Monk" (p. 142), not
included in any volume or edition of his poems pub-
lished during his lifetime. It was first included in the
Supplement to Pickering's four-volume edition of Cole-
ridge, as reissued by Macmillan and Co. in 1880.
This Supplement, though prepared and printed during
the latest year of Mr. Pickering's life (1877), did not
appear in any of the original copies issued with his


Contributions in Prose and Verse to The
Courier, a London newspaper, signed


1. 1807. Dec. 10. " To Two Sisters."

2. 181 1. Aug. 30. "The Virgin's Cradle-Hymn."
In addition to these poetical pieces, Coleridge wrote

for The Courier a series of letters " On the Spaniards,"

i8io.] OF COLERIDGE 37

of which No. I. appeared on December 7, 1809, and
No. VIII. and last on Jan. 20, 1 8 10. These letters
were reprinted in " Essays on his own Times," pp. 593-
676. In 181 1 he became more intimately connected
with The Courier, and contributed a series of articles,
beginning with April 19, and ending with September 27,
which were also reprinted in the "Essays," pp. 733-938.
A set of The Courier is among the " London News-
papers " in the Library of the British Museum.


To The Edinburgh Review of July, 1808
(then under the editorship of Jeffrey)

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