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Poem by Hartley Coleridge


Sonnet


If I have sinned in act, I may repent;
If I have erred in thought, I may disclaim
My silent error, and yet feel no shame ;
But if my sou], big with an ill intent,
Guilty in will, by fate be innocent,
Or being bad, yet murmurs at the curse
And incapacity of being worse,
That makes my hungry passion still keep Lent
In keen expectance of a Carnival;
Where, in all worlds, that round the sun revolve
And shed their influence on this passive ball,
Abides a power that can my soul absolve?
Could any sin survive and be forgiven,
One sinful wish would make a hell of heaven! 



Hartley Coleridge


Hartley Coleridge's other poems:
  1. LinesЧЧ
  2. How Long I Sailed
  3. To a Deaf and Dumb Little Girl
  4. Address To Certain Golfishes
  5. Full Well I Know


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Percy Shelley Sonnet ("Ye hasten to the grave! What seek ye there") 1820
  • Rupert Brooke Sonnet ("Not with vain tears, when we're beyond the sun")
  • Nicholas Breton Sonnet ("The worldly prince doth in his sceptre hold")
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson Sonnet ("I had not thought of violets late")
  • Amy Levy Sonnet ("Most wonderful and strange it seems, that I")
  • James Lowell Sonnet ("If some small savor creep into my rhyme")
  • Wallace Stevens Sonnet ("Lo, even as I passed beside the booth")

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