Cologne  (1828) 
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Written in 1828 and first published in Friendship's Offering, 1834 it was first collected in The Poetical Works of S.T. Coleridge, 1834. When first published it was headed Expectoration the second and followed on from On My Joyful Departure from the Same City, a layout which has been used in some later published collections.

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?

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.