Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Vol. 2

Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Vol. 2

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Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Vol. 2

Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Vol. 2

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CXLIV. TO RICHARD SHARP.1

KING'S ARMS, KENDAL, Sunday morning, January 15, 1804.

MY DEAR SIR, -- I give you thanks -- and, that I may make the best of so poor and unsubstantial a return, permit me to say, that they are such thanks as can only come from a nature unworldly by constitution and by habit, and now rendered more than ever impressible by sudden restoration -- resurrection I might say -- from a long, long sick-bed. I had gone to Grasmere to take my farewell of William Wordsworth, his wife, and his sister, and thither your letters followed me. I was at Grasmere a whole month, so ill, as that till the last week I was unable to read your letters. Not that my inner being was disturbed; on the contrary, it seemed more than usually serene and self-sufficing; but the exceeding pain, of which I suffered every now and then, and the fearful distresses of my sleep, had taken away from me the connecting link of voluntary power, which continually combines that part of us by which we know ourselves to be, with that outward picture or hieroglyphic, by which we hold communion with our like -- between the vital and . . .

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