RECORD: Darwin, Emma. 1851. Transcription of a poem on early death by Hartley Coleridge. (9 May). CUL-DAR210.13.27. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 2.2020. RN1

NOTE: Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.



April 23rd 1851


[A chart of colours by Annie]


[A lock of Annie's hair]


She passed away, like morning dew

Before the sun was high;

So brief her time she scarcely knew

The meaning of a sigh.


As round the rose it's soft perfume,

Sweet love around her floated;

Beloved she grew – while mortal doom

Crept in, unfeared, unnoted.


Love was her guardian angel here,

But love to death resigned her;

Though love was kind, why should we fear?

But holy death is kinder.

Hartley Colridge.

May 9 – 1851


Gathered Ap. 23.


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