LibriVox volunteers bring you 10 recordings of Something Childish, but very Natural by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). This was the Weekly Poetry project for August 7th to August 14th, 2011.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as for his major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. (summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/somethingchildish_1108_librivox/somethingchildish_coleridge_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 14s (mp3@64kb)
Something Childish, but very Natural
WRITTEN IN GERMANY
If I had but two little wings
And were a little feathery bird,
To you I’d fly, my dear!
But thoughts like these are idle things,
And I stay here.
But in my sleep to you I fly:
I’m always with you in my sleep!
The world is all one’s own.
But then one wakes, and where am I?
All, all alone.
Sleep stays not, though a monarch bids:
So I love to wake ere break of day:
For though my sleep be gone,
Yet while ’tis dark, one shuts one’s lids,
And still dreams on.
This week’s poem can be found here.