When Samuel Taylor Coleridge was not quite nine years old his father died. He became eligible for a place in the great London charity school, Christ's Hospital, to which he was sent a year later. From there he went to Jesus College, Cambridge, but at the end of 1793, during his third year, he ran away and joined the army under an assumed name, Silas Tomkyn Comberbache.
"Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony."