Coleridge, "Sonnet: To Pitt" (CC
This sonnet was published in MC
December 1794, in The Morning Chronicle sequence of Coleridge's "Sonnets
on Eminent Characters." The sonnet was reprinted, with minor revisions,
The Watchman 5 (2 April 1796) and in Poems (1796, 1803). The
following version is from Poems (1796).
Not always should the tear's
Roll its soft anguish down thy
Not always heaven-breath'd tones
of suppliance meek
Mercy! Yon dark Scowler view,
Who with proud words of
dear-lov'd Freedom came —
More blasting, than the mildew
from the South!
And kiss'd his country with
(Ah! foul apostate from his
Then fix'd her on the cross of
And at safe distance marks the
Pierce her big side! But
ô! if some
The eye-lids of thy stern-brow'd
Mercy! thou more terrible the
And hurl her thunderbolts with
8. In the Morning Chronicle version,
this line reads, "(Staining
most foul a godlike Father's name)!"
13. In the Morning Chronicle version,
this line reads, "Seize thou, more terrible, th'avenging brand —"