Apologia pro Vita Sua (Coleridge)

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The poet in his lone yet genial hour
Gives to his eyes a magnifying power:
Or rather he emancipates his eyes
From the black shapeless accidents of size—
In unctuous cones of kindling coal,
Or smoke upwreathing from the pipe's trim bole,
His gifted ken can see
Phantoms of sublimity.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.