Poems (Coates 1916)

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First edition covers of Poems Vols. I & II
First edition spines of Poems Volume I & II

To him who found me sleeping, all my soul
Locked in the dark enchantment of a dream
Of suffering and death: who broke the spell,
And led my faltering steps through twilight paths
Unto the fair, forgotten fields of life,—
To him I dedicate, with timid trust,
Whate'er of worthiest in thought or phrase
May mirror here the visions lent me since.

Florence Earle Coates.

Poems from Mrs. Coates' other collections not included in this set:[edit]

See also: Fugitive verse and Pro Patria (1917)[2]


  1. Historically listed and referenced as a "Collected edition," Robert H. Walker—in his biographical sketch of Mrs. Coates (Walker, Robert H. "Coates, Florence Earle." Notable American Women:1607-1950. Cambridge, MA:Belknap Press of the Harvard Univ. Press, 1974:354.)—notes that this two-volume set is "really selected."
  2. "Better to Die" (1912, 1916, 1917) and "Live thy Life" (1916, 1917) are the only poems not original to Pro Patria, and both are included in the 1916 collection. All other poems in the pamphlet are original to the work.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.