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vincial. Hazlitt's paper, " My First Acquaintance with
Poets," gives the best extant idea of his appearance and
method in the pulpit ; but in later years these per-
formances had become so legendary that Coleridge,
recounting to a company of guests at Gillman's table his
deliverances and exhortations of those youthful years,
referred to his early friend Charles Lamb, who was
present, for confirmation, when Lamb, in answer to
Coleridge's appeal, " Charles Lamb, did you ever hear
me preach ?" made the prompt and witty retort, con-
veyed in his usual roll of stammers : " I n — nev — never
— h — heard — you — d — do— anything else."

The following works include the principal lectures
delivered by Coleridge at various times :


Notes and Lectures upon Shakespeare
and some of the Old Poets and Dramatists,
with other Literary Remains of S. T.

1856.] OF COLERIDGE 83

Coleridge. Edited by Mrs. H. N. Cole-
ridge. London: W. Pickering, 1849.
2 vols., i6mo. Vol. i. : pp. xv + 372;
vol. ii. : v-f 371.

These notes were chiefly reprinted from " Literary


Seven Lectures upon Shakespeare and
Milton, by the late S. T. Coleridge. A
list of all the MS. Emendations in Mr.
Collier's Folio, 1632 ; and an introductory
preface by J. Payne Collier. London :
Chapman and Hall, 1856. 8vo., pp. cxx

+ 275-

This work is based on some papers contributed by
J. P. Collier to Notes and Queries (ist S., x. i, 21,
57, 117), which were commented on in the same
periodical at various dates (ist S., x. 106, 373 ; xii. 80,
322). Two of the lectures, namely, No. IX., "Lecture
on Progressive Changes in English Prose Composition,"
and No. XIV., "Lectures on Rabelais," were reported
in Leigh Hunt's periodical, The Tat/er, ii. 893, 897.
Rough notes by H. H. Carwardine on the Lectures of
18 1 8 were printed in Notes and Queries (4th S., v. 335).

Reference may also be made to some articles com-



municated by Mr. Dykes Campbell to The* Athenaum
for March 16 and May 4, 1889, on "Coleridge's
Lectures in 18 18," and also the same paper in the
numbers for December 26, 1891, and January 2, 1892,
on " Some Lectures delivered by Coleridge in the
Winter of 1818-19." A copy of Coleridge's pros-
pectus is given in Gillman's " Life," p. 329.


Lectures and Notes on Shakespeare and
other English Poets. Now first collected
by T. Ashe. London: Bell, 1883. 8vo.,
pp. xi + 552.

This volume was included in Bohn's Standard Library.


In the later years of his life Coleridge was induced to
contribute largely in verse, sometimes original poems,
and sometimes old epigrams resuscitated from The
Morning Post, to the annuals fashionable at that time,
chiefly to The Keepsake, The Bijou, Friendship's Offering,
Tl)e Literary Souvenir, The Amulet, and to others whose
very names are now forgotten. In one of these latter
appeared a short original contribution entitled " Christ-
mas Day," which by inadvertence and oversight was


omitted from the 1877 edition — an omission all the
more inexcusable because, although I did not possess a
copy of" the annual itself, the lines themselves, duly
verified, were copied, in my father's handwriting, in
one of his old scrap-books easily accessible to me, if not
already my property, at that time. These eight lines
are printed in his edition (p. 171) from a MS. source
by Mr. J. Dykes Campbell, who was apparently un-
aware that they had been published in one of the
annuals. The four-line epitaph written at an Edin-
burgh inn on abandoning the Scottish tour in 1803,
and quoted in one of Coleridge's published letters,
should also have been given among the fragments and
nugae of his productions in verse.

The following is a list of these productions
so far as they can be ascertained :

" The Amulet."

1828 (pp. 37-47). "The Improvisatore."
l8 33 (PP- 3 1 . 3 2 )- "Three Scraps" (I. "Love's
Burial Place " ; II. " The Butterfly" ; III.
" A Thought suggested by a View of Saddle-
back in Cumberland ").*

* " Love's Burial Place " was first printed in the P. W.
of 1828, under the title of "The Alienated Mistress:
a Madrigal. (From an unfinished Melodrama)"; and
"The Butterfly" in " Biographia Literaria," 1817,
i. 82, note.


"The Bijou."

1828 (p. 17). " The Wanderings of Cain " (a frag-
ment in prose).

1828 (p. 28). "Work without Hope, Lines com-
posed on a Day in February."

1828 (p. 144). " Youth and Age."

1828 (p. 136). "A Day-Dream."

1828 (p. 202). " The Two Founts."

Friendship's Offering, a Literary Album
and Annual Remembrancer.

The volume for 1834 contains the following poems
and jeux d 'esprit by Coleridge :

" Fragments from the Wreck of Memory ; or, Por-
tions of Poems composed in Early Manhood."
By S. T. Coleridge :
I. " Hymn to the Earth "-(p. 165).
II. " English Hexameters, Written during a Tem-
porary Blindness" (p. 167).

III. " The Homeric Hexameter Described and

Exemplified" (p. 168).

IV. " The Ovidian Elegiac Metre Described and

Exemplified" (p. 169).
V. " A Versified Reflection " (p. 169).
" Love's Apparition and Evanishment," an Allegorical

Romance. By S. T. Coleridge (p. 355).
" Lightheartednesses in Rhyme." By S. T. Coleridge :
I. "The Reproof and Reply" (p. 356).


II. "An Answer to a Friend's Question " (p. 3 59).

III. " Lines to a Comic Author on an Abusive

Review " (p. 359).

IV. " Splenetic Extempore on Leaving Cologne "

(p. 360).

" The Keepsake."

1829 (pp. 122, 277, 311, 360). "Epigrams."

1829 (p. 282). "The Garden of Boccaccio."

1830 (p. 264). Song, ex improviso, "On Hearing a

Song in Praise of a Lady's Beauty."
1830 (p. 279). "The Poet's Answer to a Lady's
Question respecting the Accomplishments
most Desirable in an Instructress of Children"
(reprinted in the " Poetical Works" of 1834
under the title of " Love, Hope, and Patience
in Education ").

" The Literary Souvenir."

1827 (p. 346). "What is Life?"
1829 (p. 17). "Lines suggested by the last Words
of Berengarius."*

"The New York Mirror."

1829, Dec. 19. " Lines written in Miss Barbour's
Common-Place Book " (reprinted in The
Athenaum for Nov. 17, 1883, and in a
corrected form for May 3, 1884).

* In a footnote to the title was given the " Epitaphium
Testamentarium " (Dykes Campbell, p. 210).


The preceding pages do not profess to
record any American or foreign editions of
Coleridge's productions, but the regret may
be permitted that we have left it to our
cousins across the sea to produce the first
complete edition of a great Englishman's
works in prose and verse. This was edited
by Professor W. G. T. Stedd, who prefixed
an introductory essay on Coleridge's philoso-
phical and theological opinions, and was pub-
lished in New York in 1853. No complete
edition of Coleridge's prose works has yet
appeared in England.

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The Editor is indebted to the kindness of
Mr. Edwin Abbott, Fellow and Librarian of
Jesus College, Cambridge, for some valuable
information regarding a Latin Prose Decla-
mation, which was written by Coleridge in
March, 1792, and is now preserved in a
manuscript volume, together with other
Declamations, in the library of Jesus College.
The pages of this book are 7^ by I2-|
inches in size, and four pages are occupied
by Coleridge's work, or ninety-three lines
in all.

From a tracing of the handwriting with
which Mr. Abbott has been good enough


to favour the Editor, the latter is of opinion,
after comparing it with specimens of the
poet's writing in his own possession, that
Coleridge wrote the Declamation himself, and
that it is not the work of a copyist. This
opinion is confirmed by the fact that in two
cases the same student has won the Decla-
mation twice in different years, and in both
cases the pair of Declamations are in a peculiar
handwriting. The inference is, therefore,
that each student copied out his own work.
This renders curious the fact that absurd
and occasionally gross errors have been left
in the Latin.

The title of the Declamation is not in
Latin, but in English, and is : " That the
desire of Posthumous Fame is unworthy a
Wise Man." The following is a brief
analysis : Under a mistaken notion, orators
and poets have exalted the beauties of Fame.
The pursuit of Fame leads to ostentation :
sometimes it is pursued by infamous methods,
as, for instance, by Cromwell (Talem te,


noster Catalina, te, Cromwelle, accepimus).
The recent storming of Ismail by Suwarof,
with the accompanying slaughter of 30,000
men, is attributed to the pursuit of Fame. It
is conferred by the rabble, the lowest class of
men. If Fame, during your own lifetime,
is to be despised, how vain a thing is pos-
thumous Fame ! Fame is inconstant. To sum
up : " Fama mihi, dum vivimus, fumus esse
videtur — Fama post mortem, oblivio."
Lastly, the writer meets the objection that if
Fame be removed, all incentives to Virtue are
removed with it.

It will be seen that the Declamation, which
has never been printed, is crude and youth-
ful in ideas, and it would certainly not
enhance Coleridge's reputation to print an
essay which is, if anything, rather inferior to
the general run of such performances, though
the Latin style is sometimes not without
vigour, and it has a good sense of rhythm.
A good criticism of it is contained in a
paper entitled " A Prize Declamation '


which appeared in Chanticleer (the Jesus
College magazine), vol. i., No. 2 (1886).
From this paper the Editor ventures to make
a short extract :

" It shows signs of being done hastily, with little
care or with little inclination for the work. Of course
it may be urged that we cannot expect any very
original or striking sentiments from a young man at
college on the hackneyed subject of Posthumous Fame ;
perhaps not, but the name of Coleridge at the end
does lead us to look for something above mediocrity.
This Declamation, however, does not always rise to
the level of mediocrity. It looks (from its numerous
errors) as if it had been left to the last minute, and
then dashed off just as the ideas came into the poet's
head. A Latin Declamation certainly does not appear
at its best when criticised as an English Lssay. In
compositions of this class, style has to be thought of
as well as matter, and sometimes the latter sacrifices
to the requirements of the former; but Coleridge does
not seem to have thought deeply of either. There is
not in the whole Declamation any one single thought
or expression which could be called striking."

The reviewer winds up by saying of the
Declamation :

" If it had been anonymous, we think it need not
have feared posthumous fame."



In a Bibliographical Note which is appended
to the Memoir of Mr. Dykes Campbell,
prefixed to the second edition of his " Samuel
Taylor Coleridge," there is a list of the
articles contributed by Mr. Campbell to The
Athenaeum, the majority of which are on
subjects connected with Coleridge, Words-
worth, and Lamb. This list is not quite
complete, as it omits one or two interesting
articles which have an intimate bearing on
those authors. It is stated, for instance,
that Campbell's first article was a review of
Brandl's " Life of Coleridge." This is not
the case. It is also said that " he writes
upon the sources of the * Ancient Mariner '
on the 15th and 22nd of March, 1890."
The article contained in the number for
March 1 5 was a review of Mr. Ivor James's
book on Captain Thomas James's " Strange
and Dangerous Voyage," which the letter of
March 22 proves could not have been written


by Campbell. But the number for March 15
does contain a very important article by
Campbell, which has been omitted by the
compiler of the list, communicating Cole-
ridge's verses to Matilda Betham, which
were for the first time published in book
form in Mr. Campbell's edition of the
"Poetical Works," p. 167. Several of Mr.
Campbell's articles have been utilized in the
preceding pages, but as a matter of biblio-
graphical interest, the Editor thinks it well
to give a corrected list of those relating to
Coleridge :

1884. May 3. Lines written in Commonplace Book

of Miss Barbour.

1885. March 14. Coleridge, Lamb, Leigh Hunt,
and others in " The Poetical Register."

1887. April 23. The London Magazine.

1887. June 18. Review of Brandl's " Coleridge."

1888. Jan. 7. Coleridge on Cary's "Dante."
1888. March 10. The 1828 edition of Coleridge's


1888. April 7. Coleridge Marginalia hitherto un-
published. On Grew's " Cosmologia Sacra."

1888. May 5. Coleridge Notes (written with
reference to an article under the same title
by Sir G. Grove in the number for April 14).


1888. June 23. Coleridge Marginalia hitherto
unpublished. On Jahn's " History of the
Hebrew Commonwealth."

1889. March 16. Coleridge's Lectures in 1 81 8. I.

1889. May 4. Coleridge's Lectures in 1818. II.

1890. March 15. Unpublished Verses by Cole-
ridge to Matilda Betham.

1890. March 22. The Source of the "Ancient

1890. April 5. Coleridge's " Osorio " and "Re-

1890. May 10. Review of Dowden's Reprint ot
" Lyrical Ballads."

1890. May 31. Coleridge and " The Anti-Jacobin."

1890. Nov. 22. The Lyrical Ballads of 1800.

1 891. Aug. 29. A Sonnet by Coleridge.

1 891. Dec. 26. Some Lectures delivered by Cole-

ridge in the Winter of 1 818-19. I.

1892. Jan. 2. Some Lectures delivered by Cole-

ridge in the Winter of 1 818-19. II.

1892. June 25. Coleridge's "Osorio" and "Re-

1892. Aug. 20. Coleridge's Quotations.

1892. Nov. 12. Scott on Coleridge.

1893. Sept. 16. Coleridge on Ouaker Principles.
1893. Dec. 9. The Prospectus of Coleridge's

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Online LibraryRichard Herne ShepherdThe bibliography of Coleridge; a bibliographical list, arranged in chronological order, of the published and privately-printed writings in verse and prose of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including his contributions to annuals, magazines, and periodical publications, posthumous works, memoirs, editions, → online text (page 5 of 5)