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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
To Homer
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
STANDING aloof in giant ignorance,
  Of thee I hear and of the Cyclades,
As one who sits ashore and longs perchance
  To visit Dolphin-coral in deep seas.
So thou wast blind;—but then the veil was rent,        5
  For Jove uncurtained Heaven to let thee live,
And Neptune made for thee a spumy tent,
  And Pan made sing for thee his forest-hive.
Aye, on the shores of darkness there is light,
  And precipices show untrodden green,        10
There is a budding morrow in mid-night,
  There is a triple sight in blindness keen;
Such seeing hadst thou, as it once befel
To Dian, Queen of Earth, and Heaven, and Hell.
 
 
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