1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Thomas M—s, "Sonnet to the Memory of John Keats" The Athenaeum (14 March 1828) 240.



Like to the tinkling of the pilgrim rills,
Unseen amid green shadows, — lilies' bowls—
Whence Dryads drink the spring-dew of their souls—
Lilies! whose leaves the life of freshness fills!
Like to that woodland music — when from hills,
Tree-shrowded the hoarse wind-wave wildly howls—
Is thy lyre's breathing: — mocking earth's controls,
Gildeth the stream which from yon heaven distils.
And let the winds howl on! — the myriad voices
Of waving forests echo the wild shout!
Calmly, yet ceaselessly, the brook rejoices,
While trees their leaf and life are wearing out,
The cloud may bear the rivulet to heaven,
Whilst the dark trunks to rot on earth are given!