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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Keats
 
CCLXXXIV. The Human Seasons
 
FOUR Seasons fill the measure of the year; 
There are four seasons in the mind of man:— 
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear 
Takes in all beauty with an easy span: 
  
He has his Summer, when luxuriously         5
Spring's honey'd cud of youthful thought he loves 
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high 
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves 
  
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings 
He furleth close; contented so to look  10
On mists in idleness—to let fair things 
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook: 
  
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature, 
Or else he would forego his mortal nature. 
 
 
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