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Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Kisses


Cupid, if storying legends tell aright,
Once framed a rich elixer of delight.
A chalice o'er love-kindled flames he fixed,
And in it nectar and ambrosia mixed:
With these the magic dews which evening brings,
Brushed from the Idalian star by fairy wings:
Each tender pledge of sacred faith he joined,
Each gentler pleasure of th' unspotted mind--
Day-dreams, whose tints with sportive brightness glow,
And hope, the blameless parasite of woe.
The eyeless chemist heard the process rise,
The steamy chalice bubbled up in sighs;
Sweet sounds transpired as when the enamoured dove
Pours the soft murmuring of responsive love.
The finished work might envy vainly blame,
And 'kisses' was the precious compound's name.
With half, the god his Cyprian mother blest,
And breathed on Sara's lovelier lips the rest. 



Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Samuel Taylor Coleridge's other poems:
  1. Lines
  2. The Pang More Sharp Than All
  3. To an Infant
  4. Lines Written after a Walk before Supper
  5. On a Ruined House in a Romantic Country


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Arthur Symons Kisses ("Sweet, can I sing you the song of your kisses?")
  • Gerald Massey Kisses ("One kiss more, Sweet!")

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