On receiving an Account that his Only Sister's Death was Inevitable

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On Receiving an Account that his Only Sister's Death was Inevitable  (1794) 
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

On Receiving an Account that his only Sister's Death was Inevitable was composed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1794, and deals with the death of Coleridge's step-sister Ann (1791), as well as that of his brother Luke (1790). Excerpted from On Receiving an Account on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was first published in the collected works of 1834.


The tear which mourn'd a brother's fate scarce dry-
Pain after pain, and woe succeeding woe-
Is my heart destin'd for another blow?
O my sweet sister! and must thou too die?
Ah! how has Disappointment pour'd the tear
O'er infant Hope destroy'd by early frost!
How are ye gone, whom most by soul held dear!
Scarce had I lov'd you ere I mourn'd you lost;
Say, is this hollow eye, this heartless pain,
Fated to rove thro' Life's wide cheerless plain-
Nor father, brother, sister meets its ken-
My woes, my joys unshared! Ah! long ere then
On me thy icy dart, stern Death, be prov'd;-
Better to die, than live and not be lov'd.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.