Coleridge über Köln

In Köln, 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?

On My Joyful Departure from the Same City
As I am rhymer,
And now at least a merry one,
Mr. Mum‘s Rudesheimer
And the church of St. Geryon
Are the two things alone
That deserve to be known
In the body and soul-stinking town of Cologne.

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1828)


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