Infomotions, Inc.On Visiting The Tomb Of Burns / Keats, John

Author: Keats, John
Title: On Visiting The Tomb Of Burns
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): literature; hour; tomb; ague; gleam; won; paly; john; summer; honour; pride; sick; keats; cast; english; winter; beauty; burns; visiting; english literature
Contributor(s): Eric Lease Morgan (Infomotions, Inc.)
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Rights: GNU General Public License
Size: 118 words (really short) Grade range: 8-10 (high school) Readability score: 73 (easy)
Identifier: keats-on-500
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                         ON VISITING THE TOMB OF BURNS
                                 by John Keats

        The town, the churchyard, and the setting sun,
          The clouds, the trees, the rounded hills all seem,
          Though beautiful, cold- strange- as in a dream
        I dreamed long ago, now new begun.
        The short-liv'd, paly summer is but won
          From winter's ague for one hour's gleam;
          Through sapphire warm their stars do never beam:
        All is cold Beauty; pain is never done.
        For who has mind to relish, Minos-wise,
          The real of Beauty, free from that dead hue
            Sickly imagination and sick pride
          Cast wan upon it? Burns! with honour due
            I oft have honour'd thee. Great shadow, hide
        Thy face; I sin against thy native skies.

                        THE END


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