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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Keats
 
CXCVIII. "Bright Star! would I were steadfast as thou art"
 
BRIGHT Star! would I were steadfast as thou art— 
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night, 
And watching, with eternal lids apart, 
Like Nature's patient sleepless Eremite, 
  
The moving waters at their priestlike task         5
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, 
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask 
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors:— 
  
No—yet still steadfast, still unchangeable, 
Pillow'd upon my fair Love's ripening breast  10
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, 
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest; 
  
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, 
And so live ever,—or else swoon to death. 
 
 
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