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Hence Burgundy, Claret and Port . . .
by John Keats (January 31st, 1818).

Hence Burgundy, Claret, and Port,
    Away with old Hock and Madeira,
Too earthly ye are for my sport;
    There's a beverage brighter and clearer.
Instead of a pitiful rummer,
My wine overbrims a whole summer;
       My bowl is the sky,
       And I drink at my eye,
       Till I feel in the brain
       A Delphian pain——
Then follow, my Caius! then follow:
       On the green of the hill
       We will drink our fill
       Of golden sunshine,
       Till our brains intertwine
With the glory and grace of Apollo!
       God of the Meridian,
          And of the East and West,
       To thee my soul is flown,
          And my body is earthward press'd.——
       It is an awful mission,
       A terrible division;
       And leaves a gulph austere
       To be fill'd with worldly fear.
       Aye, when the soul is fled
       To high above our head,
       Affrighted do we gaze
       After its airy maze,
       As doth a mother wild,
       When her young infant child
       Is in an eagle's claws——
       And is not this the cause
       Of madness?—God of Song,
       Thou bearest me along
       Through sights I scarce can bear:
       O let me, let me share
       With the hot lyre and thee,
       The staid Philosophy;
       Temper my lonely hours,
       And let me see thy bowers
       More unalarmed!


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