1823 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Thomas Hood, "Sonnet written in Keats's Endymion" London Magazine 7 (May 1823) 541.



I saw pale Dian, sitting by the brink
Of silver falls, the overflow of fountains
From cloudy steeps; and I grew sad to think
Endymion's foot was silent on those mountains,
And he but a hush'd name, that Silence keeps
In dear remembrance, — lonely, and forlorn,
Singing it to herself until she weeps
Tears that perchance still glisten in the morn;—
And as I mused, in dull imaginings,
There came a flash of garments, and I knew
The awful Muse by her harmonious wings
Charming the air to music as she flew—
Anon there rose an echo through the vale
Gave back Endymion in a dream-like tale.