THOU still unravish'd bride of quietness,
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape
What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?
Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave
For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!
More happy love! more happy, happy love!
A burning forehead, and a parching tongue.
What little town by river or sea-shore,
Why thou art desolate, can e'er return.
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'
John Keats (1795-1821)
- Born: 31 October 1795
- Birthplace: Near London, England
- Died: 23 February 1821 (tuberculosis)
- Place of Death: Rome, Papal State
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