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Poem by John Keats


Faery Songs


 I.

Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the roots white core.
Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies,
Shed no tear.

Overhead! look overhead!
Mong the blossoms white and red
Look up, look up! I flutter now
On this fresh pomegranate bough.
See me! tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good mans ill.
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu  I fly  adieu!
I vanish in the heavens blue,
Adieu, adieu!

 II.

Ah! woe is me! poor silver-wing!
That I must chant thy ladys dirge,
And death to this fair haunt of spring,
Of melody, and streams of flowery verge,
Poor silver-wing! ah! woe is me!
That I must see
These blossoms snow upon thy ladys pall!
Go, pretty page! and in her ear
Whisper that the hour is near!
Softly tell her not to fear
Such calm favonian burial!
Go, pretty page! and soothly tell,
The blossoms hang by a melting spell,
And fall they must, ere a star wink thrice
Upon her closed eyes,
That now in vain are weeping their last tears,
At sweet life leaving, and these arbours green,
Rich dowry from the Spirit of the Spheres,
Alas! poor Queen!



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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