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Poem by John Keats

To Ailsa Rock

Hearken, thou craggy ocean pyramid!
Give answer from thy voice, the sea-fowls screams!
When were thy shoulders mantled in huge streams!
When, from the sun, was thy broad forehead hid?
How long is t since the mighty power bid
Thee heave to airy sleep from fathom dreams?
Sleep in the lap of thunder or sun-beams,
Or when gray clouds are thy cold cover-lid?
Thou answerst not, for thou art dead asleep!
Thy life is but two dead eternities 
The last in air, the former in the deep;
First with the whales, last with the eagle-skies 
Drownd wast thou till an earthquake made thee steep,
Another cannot wake thy giant size.

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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