Cologne

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 (Ottery St Mary) – 1834 (Highgate)

In Köhln, a town of monks and bones,
  And pavements fang'd with murderous stones
  And rags, and hags, and hideous wenches ;
  I counted two and seventy stenches,
  All well defined, and several stinks !
  Ye Nymphs that reign o'er sewers and sinks,
  The river Rhine, it is well known,
  Doth wash your city of Cologne ;
But tell me, Nymphs, what power divine
Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine ?

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. more…

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