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The Presence of Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


"The Presence of Love" is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a love poem about someone Coleridge felt deeply about. He says that even though he is in "Life's noisiest hour" (probably meaning busy with work and whatever else), he can't help but stop and admire his love's beauty and amazingness. He goes on to state how lucky he is and how great she is.

This poem is written as three stanzas of varying lengths. The first stanza is made up of three lines, the second six, and the third has two. The first stanza is rhymed as ABB, the second as ABBCDE, and the third as AA.


The Presence of Love

And in Life's noisiest hour,
There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee,
The heart's Self-solace and soliloquy.

You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within;
And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
Thro' all my Being, thro' my pulse's beat;
You lie in all my many Thoughts, like Light,
Like the fair light of Dawn, or summer Eve
On rippling Stream, or cloud-reflecting Lake.

And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

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