John Keats

31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England

Fragment Of An Ode To Maia

MOTHER of Hermes! and still youthful Maia!
   May I sing to thee
As thou wast hymned on the shores of Baiae?
   Or may I woo thee
In earlier Sicilian? or thy smiles
Seek as they once were sought, in Grecian isles,
By bards who died content on pleasant sward,
   Leaving great verse unto a little clan?
O give me their old vigour! and unheard
   Save of the quiet primrose, and the span
   Of heaven, and few ears,
Rounded by thee, my song should die away
   Content as theirs,
Rich in the simple worship of a day.
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