Bright Star

This volume is a collection of love letters and poems written by John Keats to his girlfriend Fanny Brawne during the last years of his life. This poem, by the same name, was recommended to me by a very good friend of mine, her favorite poet being John Keats. The poem is just too beautiful not to share.

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–

Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night

And watching, with eternal lids apart,

Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,

The moving waters at their priestlike task

Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,

Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask

Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–

No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,

Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,

To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,

Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,

Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,

And so live ever–or else swoon to death.

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