The Cockatrice According to STC

"The Cockatrice is a foul dragon with a crown on its head. The Eastern nations believe it to be hatched by a viper on a cock's egg.... The cockatrice is emblematic of monarchy, a monster generated by ingratitude or absurdity." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge in a letter to Robert Southey July 6, 1794. STC, aged 22, was walking in Wales at the time.