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Lesson for a Boy
[or Other Person]
[Page 4]

Metrical Feet
Lesson For a Boy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Trochee trips from long to short; 

From long to long in solemn sort 

Slow Spondee stalks; strong foot! yet ill able 

Ever to come up with Dactyl trisyllable. 

Iambics march from short to long;--- 

With a leap and a bound the swift Anapests throng; 

One syllable long, with one short at each side, 

Amphibrachys hastes with a stately stride;--- 

First and last being long, middle short, Amphimacer 

Strikes his thundering hoofs like a proud 

                                   high-bred Racer. 

If Derwent be innocent, steady, and wise, 

And delight in the things of earth, water, 

                                   and skies; 

Tender warmth at his heart, with these metres 

                                   to show it, 

With sound sense in his brains, may make Derwent 

                                   a poet,--- 

May crown him with fame, and must win him the love 

Of his father on earth and his Father above. 

   My dear, dear child! 

Could you stand upon Skiddaw, you would not from 

                                   its whole ridge 

See a man who so loves you as your fond 

                                   S. T. Coleridge.





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