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To Sleep

17 June 2023

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O soft embalmer of the still midnight,

      Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,

Our gloom-pleas'd eyes, embower'd from the light,

      Enshaded in forgetfulness divine:

O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close

      In midst of this thine hymn my willing eyes,

Or wait the "Amen," ere thy poppy throws

      Around my bed its lulling charities.

Then save me, or the passed day will shine

Upon my pillow, breeding many woes,—

      Save me from curious Conscience, that still lords

Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;

      Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards,

And seal the hushed Casket of my Soul.

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Best Poems of John Keats
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A collection of best and most famous poems written by the famous English writer John Keats.
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Ode To Psyche

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 O Goddess! hear these tuneless numbers, wrung  By sweet enforcement and remembrance dear,  And pardon that thy secrets should be sung  Even into thine own soft-conched ear:  Surely I dreamt to-da

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Ode To Melancholy

11 April 2023
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No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist  Wolf's-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;  Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss'd  By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;  Make not your rosar

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To Autumn

11 April 2023
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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;  Conspiring with him how to load and bless  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;  To bend with app

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Bright Star

29 April 2023
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Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—           Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night  And watching, with eternal lids apart,           Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,  Th

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On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

29 April 2023
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Much 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

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The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!

14 June 2023
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The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone! Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast, Warm breath, light whisper, tender semi-tone, Bright eyes, accomplish’d shape, and lang’rous wai

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The Eve of St. Agnes

14 June 2023
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St. Agnes' Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!        The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;        The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,        And silent was the flock in woolly fold:

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Hyperion

14 June 2023
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Deep in the shady sadness of a vale Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn, Far from the fiery noon, and eve's one star, Sat gray-hair'd Saturn, quiet as a stone, Still as the silence round ab

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Fancy

15 June 2023
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Ever let the Fancy roam, Pleasure never is at home: At a touch sweet Pleasure melteth, Like to bubbles when rain pelteth; Then let winged Fancy wander Through the thought still spread beyond her:

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The Human Seasons

15 June 2023
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Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;      There are four seasons in the mind of man: He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear      Takes in all beauty with an easy span: He has his Summer,

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La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad

15 June 2023
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O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,        Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake,        And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,        So haggard an

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If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd

15 June 2023
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If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'd,    And, like Andromeda, the Sonnet sweet Fetter'd, in spite of pained loveliness; Let us find out, if we must be constrain'd,    Sandals more interwo

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Ode on Indolence

16 June 2023
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One morn before me were three figures seen,     With bowèd necks, and joinèd hands, side-faced; And one behind the other stepp’d serene,     In placid sandals, and in white robes graced;         T

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On a Dream

16 June 2023
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As Hermes once took to his feathers light, When lulled Argus, baffled, swoon’d and slept, So on a Delphic reed, my idle spright So play’d, so charm’d, so conquer’d, so bereft The dragon-world of a

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Ode on a Grecian Urn

16 June 2023
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Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,        Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express        A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-f

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Ode to a Nightingale

16 June 2023
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My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains. My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy

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To Fanny

17 June 2023
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I cry your mercy—pity—love! Aye, love! Merciful love that tantalizes not, One-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love, Unmasked, and being seen—without a blot! O! let me have thee whole,—all—al

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Robin Hood

17 June 2023
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TO A FRIEND No! those days are gone away And their hours are old and gray, And their minutes buried all Under the down-trodden pall Of the leaves of many years: Many times have winter's shears,

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To Sleep

17 June 2023
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O soft embalmer of the still midnight,       Shutting, with careful fingers and benign, Our gloom-pleas'd eyes, embower'd from the light,       Enshaded in forgetfulness divine: O soothest Sleep!

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To Homer

17 June 2023
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Standing aloof in giant ignorance,    Of thee I hear and of the Cyclades, As one who sits ashore and longs perchance    To visit dolphin-coral in deep seas. So thou wast blind;—but then the veil w

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