Written on a Summer Evening

John Keats 1795 (Moorgate) – 1821 (Rome)



The church bells toll a melancholy round,
Calling the people to some other prayers,
Some other gloominess, more dreadful cares,
More harkening to the sermon's horrid sound.
Surely the mind of man is closely bound
In some blind spell: seeing that each one tears
Himself from fireside joys and Lydian airs,
And converse high of those with glory crowned.
Still, still they toll, and I should feel a damp,
A chill as from a tomb, did I not know
That they are dying like an outburnt lamp, -
That 'tis their sighing, wailing, ere they go
Into oblivion -that fresh flowers will grow,
And many glories of immortal stamp.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 10, 2023

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Scheme ABBAABBACDCDDC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 608
Words 111
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 14

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