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Bright Star! Revised Version
by John Keats (1820).

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 the earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen masque
    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 swell and fall,
    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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