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Poem by John Keats


A Song of Opposites


 Under the flag
 Of each his faction, they to battle bring
 Their embryon atoms.  Milton


Welcome joy, and welcome sorrow,
Lethes weed and Hermes feather;
Come to-day, and come to-morrow,
I do love you both together!
I love to mark sad faces in fair weather;
And hear a merry laugh amid the thunder;
Fair and foul I love together.
Meadows sweet where flames are under,
And a giggle at a wonder;
Visage sage at pantomine;
Funeral, and steeple-chime;
Infant playing with a skull;
Morning fair, and shipwreckd hull;
Nightshade with the woodbine kissing;
Serpents in red roses hissing;
Cleopatra regal-dressd
With the aspic at her breast;
Dancing music, music sad,
Both together, sane and mad;
Muses bright and muses pale;
Sombre Saturn, Momus hale; 
Laugh and sigh, and laugh again;
Oh the sweetness of the pain!
Muses bright, and muses pale,
Bare your faces of the veil;
Let me see; and let me write
Of the day, and of the night 
Both together:  let me slake
All my thirst for sweet heart-ache!
Let my bower be of yew,
Interwreathd with myrtles new;
Pines and lime-trees full in bloom,
And my couch a low grass-tomb.



John Keats


John Keats's other poems:
  1. Specimen of Induction to a Poem
  2. Calidore
  3. To (Hadst Thou Livd in Days of Old)
  4. The Poet
  5. The Castle Builder


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