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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
542. Last Sonnet
 
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 priestlike 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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