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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
541. The Terror of Death
 
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-pile´d 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 fairy 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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