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When I Have Fears

John Keats 1795 (Moorgate) – 1821 (Rome)


  When I have fears that I may cease to be
  Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
  Before high-piled books, in charactery,
  Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
  When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
  Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
  And think that I may never live to trace
  Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
  And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
  That I shall never look upon thee more,
  Never have relish in the faery power
  Of unreflecting love;--then on the shore
  Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
  Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

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