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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high pilèd books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,        5
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee more,        10
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.
 
 
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