Author: Keats, John
Title: When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): literature; teeming; john; glean; brain; pen; relish; love; fears; keats; english; starr; cease; fame; english literature
Contributor(s): Eric Lease Morgan (Infomotions, Inc.)
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Rights: GNU General Public License
Size: 126 words (really short) Grade range: 49-51 (graduate school) Readability score: -33 (very difficult)
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1816 WHEN I HAVE FEARS THAT I MAY CEASE TO BE by John Keats When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, Before high-piled books in charact'ry 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 faery 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. THE END .