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The final line of the poem is adapted from the refrain of Prior's Song [One morning very early, one morning in the spring]: "I love my love, because I know my love loves me."

Answer to a Child's Question

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 - 1834
Do you ask what the birds say? The Sparrow, the Dove,
The Linnet and Thrush say, "I love and I love!"
In the winter they're silent—the wind is so strong;
What it says, I don't know, but it sings a loud song.
But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
And singing, and loving—all come back together.
But the Lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he—
"I love my Love, and my Love loves me!"


This poem is in the public domain.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a leader of the British Romantic movement, was born on October 21, 1772, in Devonshire, England.

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All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
     And feed his sacred flame.

Oft in my waking dreams do I
Live o'er again that happy hour,
When midway on the mount I lay,
     Beside the ruin'd tower.

The moonshine, stealing o'er the scene,
Had
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Since all that beat about in Nature's range,
Or veer or vanish; why should'st thou remain
The only constant in a world of change,
O yearning Thought! that liv'st but in the brain?
Call to the Hours, that in the distance play,
The faery people of the future day—
Fond Thought! not one of

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All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—	 
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—	 
And Winter, slumbering in the open air,	 
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!	 
And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,	         
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.	 
 
Yet well I ken the