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As is the wand that queen Titania wields.
And, as I feasted on its fragrancy,

I thought the garden-rose it far excell'd;
But when, O Wells! thy roses came to me,

My sense with their deliciousness was spellid: Soft voices had they, that with tender plea Whisper'd of peace, and truth, and friendliness



SOLITUDE! if I must with thee dwell,

Let it not be among the jumbled heap Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,Nature's observatory — whence the dell, In flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,

May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep ’Mongst boughs pavilion’d, where the deer's swift leap Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell.

But though I'll gladly trace these scenes with thee,

Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind, Whose words are images of thoughts refined,

Is my soul's pleasure; and it sure must be Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,

When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.'


H! how I love, on a fair summer's eve,
When streams of light pour down the

golden west,
And on the balmy zephyrs tranquil rest


1 I believe this to be Keats's first published verse. appeared in the “ Examiner,” 1816.

The silver clouds, far-far away to leave
All meaner thoughts, and take a sweet reprieve

From little cares; to find, with easy quest,

A fragrant wild, with Nature's beauty drest,
And there into delight my soul deceive.
There warm my breast with patriotic lore,

Musing on Milton's fate-on Sydney's bier — Till their stern forms before my mind arise : Perhaps on wing of Poesy upsoar,

Full often dropping a delicious tear, When some melodious sorrow spells mine eyes.



RESH morning gusts have blown away

all fear From my glad bosom,- now from gloominess

I mount for ever-not an atom less
Than the proud laurel shall content my bier.
No! by the eternal stars! or why sit here

In the Sun's eye, and 'gainst my temples press

Apollo's very leaves, woven to bless By thy white fingers and thy spirit clear. Lo! who dares say, “Do this”? Who dares call down

My will from its high purpose ? Who say,“ Stand,” Or “Go”? This mighty moment I would frown

On abject Cæsars — not the stoutest band Of mailed heroes should tear off my crown:

Yet would I kneel and kiss thy gentle hand!




HAT though, for showing truth to flat

ter'd state,
Kind Hunt was shut in prison, yet has he,

In his immortal spirit, been as free
As the sky-searching lark, and as elate.
Minion of grandeur ! think you he did wait ?

Think you he nought but prison-walls did see,

Till, so unwilling, thou unturn’dst the key? Ah, no! far happier, nobler was his fate! In Spenser's halls he stray'd, and bowers fair,

Culling enchanted flowers; and he flew With daring Milton through the fields of air :

To regions of his own his genius true Took happy flights. Who shall his fame impair When thou art dead, and all thy wretched crew?


OOD Kosciusko! thy great name alone

Is a full harvest whence to reap high feeling; It comes upon us like the glorious pealing Of the wide spheres -an everlasting tone. . And now it tells me, that in worlds unknown, The names of heroes, burst from clouds con

cealing, Are changed to harmonies, for ever stealing

Through cloudless blue, and round each silver throne, It tells me too, that on a happy day,

When some good spirit walks upon the earth, Thy name with Alfred's, and the great of yore,

Gently commingling, gives tremendous birth To a loud hymn, that sounds far, far away To where the great God lives for evermore.

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OW many bards gild the lapses of time!

A few of them have ever been the food Of my delighted fancy,- I could brood Over their beauties, earthly, or sublime: And often, when I sit me down to rhyme,

These will in throngs before my mind intrude:

But no confusion, no disturbance rude Do they occasion; 'tis a pleasing chime. So the unnumber'd sounds that evening store ; The songs of birds — the whispering of the

leaves The voice of waters - the great bell that heaves

With solemn sound, and thousand others more, That distance of recognizance bereaves,

Make pleasing music, and not wild uproar.'

* This sonnet was the means pened to be there, was struck of introducing Keats to Mr. with the last six lines, espeLeigh Hunt's society. Mr. cially the penultimate, saying, Cowden Clarke had brought “ What a well condensed exsome of his young friend's pression!” and Keats was verses and read them aloud. shortly after introduced to the Mr. Horace Smith, who hap- literary circle.



The fine folio edition of Chapman's translation of "Homer" had been lent to Mr. Clarke by Mr. Alsager, a friend of Mr. Leigh Hunt's, who at that time conducted the money-market department of the “Times.” The friends sat up till daylight over their new acquisition; Keats shouting with delight as some passage of especial energy struck his imagination. At ten o'clock the next morning, Mr. Clarke found this sonnet on his breakfasttable.

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UCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms

seen ;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told,

That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies'

When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

He stared at the Pacific - and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise

Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


EEN, fitful gusts are whispering here and

there Among the bushes, half leafless and dry;

The stars look very cold about the sky, And I have many miles on foot to fare;

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