1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Anonymous, "Sonnet, on the Death of John Keats, the Poet" The Kaleidoscope [Liverpool] NS 1 (1 May 1821) 348.



Thus fleet, so soon, young spirits, whose gentle love
And rich afflictions, breathed in sad wild tone,
And exquisite thoughts and fancies of days gone,
Revive old Greece and Italy; where grove,
Vine hill, and shady dells, and bowers bright-wove
Of rose and myrtle flowers, poured songs that won
The ear of Pan, and, from their sports, upon
Green wood or fountain side, could Dian move
With her chaste huntress train, nearer to list.
Such thy loud harpings of heroic deeds,
Of younger Rome, or Greece, whose pride of heart
Dreamed that the Gods their mother's lips had kist.
Such bright unearthly fancies theirs! — Yet speeds,
Like them, thy life away; but fame doth not so part.