244. To William Wordsworth Address: Mr Wordsworth | Allfoxden "MS. Dove Cottage. Pub. E. L. Griggs, 'Wordsworth through Coleridge's Eyes", Wordsworth, ed. by G. T. Dunklin, 1951, p. 48. May 10th, 1798 In stale blank verse a subject stale May 10th, 1798 I send per post my Nightingale; 1 And like an honest bard, dear Wordsworth, You'll tell me what you think, my Bird's worth. My own opinion's briefly this -- His bill he opens not amiss; And when he has sung a stave or so, His breast, & some small space below, So throbs & swells, that you might swear No vulgar music's working there. So far, so good; but then, 'od rot him! There's something falls off at his bottom. Yet, sure, no wonder it should breed, That my Bird's Tail's a tail indeed And makes it's own inglorious harmony AEolio crepitû, non carmine. S.T. Coleridge ____________________ considerable correspondence, now lost, among Coleridge, Lamb, and Lloyd. Some time after receiving it Lamb, on hearing that Coleridge was going to Germany, sent him a sarcastic letter containing eight burlesque scholastic theses, and on 28 July he included these theses in a note to Southey ( Lamb Letters, i. 123-7). Lucas suggests that Lamb and Lloyd may have concocted this letter while they were together in Birmingham from 23 May to 6 June, a suggestion borne out by Coleridge's remark to Cottle on showing it to him: 'These young visionaries will do each other no good' ( ibid. i. 125 n. and Early Rec. i. 301). Coleridge wisely refrained from replying to Lamb, but the friendship was not renewed until early 1800. 1 The Nightingale; a Conversation Poem, April, 1798, Poems, i. 264. -406-