Poetry

Bright Star–John Keats

It amazes me I have not posted this poem yet. It’s the first Keats poem I ever read, which got started by the movie of the same name. It’s a beautiful poem, and if I were able to give Eoin Macken $150 for his film, I would have him recite and record this poem for my ears.

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
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 stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,
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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