On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again

John Keats 1795 (Moorgate) – 1821 (Rome)


  O golden-tongued Romance with serene lute!
  Fair plumed Syren! Queen of far away!
  Leave melodizing on this wintry day,
  Shut up thine olden pages, and be mute:
  Adieu! for once again the fierce dispute,
  Betwixt damnation and impassion'd clay
  Must I burn through; once more humbly assay
  The bitter-sweet of this Shakespearian fruit.
  Chief Poet! and ye clouds of Albion,
  Begetters of our deep eternal theme,
  When through the old oak forest I am gone,
  Let me not wander in a barren dream,
  But when I am consumed in the fire,
  Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire.

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