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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Last Sonnet: ‘Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art’
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
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 priest-like 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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