Tuesday, November 9, 2010

And nary a drop to drink

November 9 -- 1833 - Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) died. His epitaph:

Stop, Christian passer-by! -- Stop, child of God,
And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he. --
O, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.;
That he who many a year with toil of breath
Found death in life, may here find life in death!
Mercy for praise -- to be forgiven for fame
He ask'd, and hoped, through Christ.
Do thou the same!