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To Spenser
by John Keats (February 5th, 1818).

Spenser, a jealous honourer of thine,
    A forester deep in thy midmost trees,
Did last eve ask my promise to refine
    Some English, that might strive thine ear to please.
    But, Elfin-poet, 'tis impossible
For an inhabitant of wintry earth
    To rise like Phœbus with a golden quell,
Fire-wing'd, and make a morning in his mirth.
    It is impossible to escape from toil
O' the sudden, and receive thy spiriting:—
    The flower must drink the nature of the soil
Before it can put forth its blossoming—
    Be with me in the summer days, and I
    Will for thine honor and his pleasure try.

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