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Brockley Coomb by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


"Brockley Coomb" is the title of this poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This poem is about the narrator climbing a hill and looking across the landscape. He then sees a Yew-tree and then a field shadowed by Elm trees. He loves the sight. However, at the end he simply wishes Sara was with him and he begins to cry.

This poem is written as one stanza with sixteen lines. it is rhymed as ABABCDCDEFEFGGHH.


Brockley Coomb

With many a pause and oft reverted eye
I climb the Coomb's ascent: sweet songsters near
Warble in shade their wild-wood melody:
Far off the unvarying Cuckoo soothes my ear.
Up scour the startling stragglers of the flock
That on green plots o'er precipices browse:
From the deep fissures of the naked rock
The Yew-tree bursts! Beneath its dark green boughs
('Mid which the May-thorn blends its blossoms white)
Where broad smooth stones jut out in mossy seats,
I rest: -and now have gained the topmost site.
Ah! what a luxury of landscape meets
My gaze! Proud towers, and Cots more dear to me,
Elm-shadowed Fields, and prospect-bounding Sea.
Deep sighs my lonely heart: I drop the tear:
Enchanting spot! O were my Sara here!

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