Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Here you will find the Poem Cologne of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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 ?