| Quote #1
If Derwent be innocent, steady, and wise,
The lines make it seem like "earth, and water, and skies" are like gods, with their own children or "things." In a way, the speaker perceives nature as having its own family, of which a poet must become a part.
| Quote #2
May crown him with fame, and must win him the love
These lines are really strange. Why would Derwent need to "win" his father's love and God's love? Doesn't he have these already by being a son of both of them? The lines suggest that family dynamics can be a little more complicated than we might think at first. Maybe Coleridge was a very demanding dad.
| Quote #3
Could you stand upon Skiddaw, you would not from its whole ridge
Well that's a relief. At least now we know his dad really loves Derwent, even if he's not a great poet. But still, he seems pretty bent on making a poet of his son.