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John Keats: When I have fears that I may cease to be

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When I have fears that I may cease to be

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 piled books, in charactry,

    Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;

When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,

    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,

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.