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To Ailsa Rock
by John Keats (July 10th-11th, 1818).

Hearken, thou craggy ocean pyramid!
    Give answer from thy voice, the sea-fowls' screams!
    When were they shoulders mantled in huge streams?
When, from the sun, was thy broad forehead hid?
How long is't since the mighty power bid
    Thee heave to airy sleep from fathom dreams?
    Sleep in the lap of thunder or sunbeams,
Or when the grey clouds are thy cold coverlid.
Thou answer'st not; for thou art dead asleep;
    They life is but two dead eternities—
The last in air, the former in the deep;
    First with the whales, last with the eagle-skies—
Drown'd was thou till an earthquake made thee steep,
    Another cannot wake thy giant size.



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