To one who has been long in city pent

John Keats 1795 (Moorgate) – 1821 (Rome)


  To one who has been long in city pent,
  'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
  And open face of heaven,--to breathe a prayer
  Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
  Who is more happy, when, with heart's content,
  Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair
  Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair
  And gentle tale of love and languishment?
  Returning home at evening, with an ear
  Catching the notes of Philomel,--an eye
  Watching the sailing cloudlet's bright career,
  He mourns that day so soon has glided by:
  E'en like the passage of an angel's tear
  That falls through the clear ether silently.

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