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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Sonnets: Written in January, 1818
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like full garners the full-ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,        5
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And feel 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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