When I Have Fears By John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Beefore my pen has gleaned my teeming brain;
Before high-Piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflection love! then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand along, and think
Till love and Fame to nothingness do sink.

Gleaned : obtained
Charact’ry : written symbols
Starred : marked with symbols
Faery : magical

JOHN KEATS

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