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Hymn to Apollo
by John Keats (Autumn, 1816).

    God of the golden bow,
       And of the golden lyre,
    And of the golden hair,
       And of the golden fire,
          Charioteer
          Of the patient year,
       Where—where slept thine ire,
When like a blank idiot I put on thy wreath,
       Thy laurel, thy glory,
       The light of thy story,
Or was I a worm—too low crawling, for death?
       O Delphic Apollo!

The Thunderer grasp'd and grasp'd,
    The Thunderer frown'd and frown'd;
The eagle's feathery mane
    For wrath became stiffen'd—the sound
       Of breeding thunder
       Went drowsily under,
    Muttering to be unbound.
O why didst thou pity, and beg for a worm
       Why touch thy soft lute
       Till the thunder was mute,
Why was I not crush'd—such a pitiful germ?
       O Delphic Apollo!

The Pleiades were up,
    Watching the silent air;
The seeds and roots in Earth
    Were swelling for summer fare;
       The Ocean, its neighbour,
       Was at his old labour,
    When, who—who did dare
    To tie, like a madman, thy plant round his brow,
          And grin and look proudly,
          And blaspheme so loudly,
    And live for that honour, to stoop to thee now?
          O Delphic Apollo!


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