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Ode To A Nightingale - Poem by John Keats

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thy happiness,---
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

O for a draught of vintage, that hath been
Cooled a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provencal song, and sun-burnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth;
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim:

Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget
What thou among the leaves hast never known,
The weariness, the fever, and the fret
Here, where men sit and hear each other groan;
Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last gray hairs,
Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies;
Where but to think is to be full of sorrow
And leaden-eyed despairs;
Where beauty cannot keep her lustrous eyes,
Or new love pine at them beyond tomorrow.

Away! away! for I will fly to thee,
Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards,
But on the viewless wings of Poesy,
Though the dull brain perplexes and retards:
Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Clustered around by all her starry fays;
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways.

I cannot see what flowers are at my feet,
Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs,
But, in embalmed darkness, guess each sweet
Wherewith the seasonable month endows
The grass, the thicket, and the fruit-tree wild;
White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine;
Fast-fading violets covered up in leaves;
And mid-May's eldest child,
The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine,
The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves.

Darkling I listen; and for many a time
I have been half in love with easeful Death,
Called him soft names in many a mused rhyme,
To take into the air my quiet breath;
Now more than ever seems it rich to die,
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
In such an ecstasy!
Still wouldst thou sing, and I have ears in vain---
To thy high requiem become a sod

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown:
Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn;
The same that oft-times hath
Charmed magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.

Forlorn! the very word is like a bell
To toll me back from thee to my sole self!
Adieu! the fancy cannot cheat so well
As she is famed to do, deceiving elf.
Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades
Past the near meadows, over the still stream,
Up the hill-side; and now 'tis buried deep
In the next valley-glades:
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music:---do I wake or sleep?


Poems About Pastoral

  1. 1. Ode To A Nightingale , John Keats
  2. 2. Ode On A Grecian Urn , John Keats
  3. 3. Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern.. , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. A Promise To California , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. A Dream , Matthew Arnold
  6. 6. In Country Sleep , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Meditations In An Emergency , Frank O'Hara
  8. 8. The Witch's Daughter , John Greenleaf Whittier
  9. 9. The Scholar-Gipsy , Matthew Arnold
  10. 10. à Bas Ben Adhem , Ogden Nash
  11. 11. Michael: A Pastoral Poem , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady , William Wordsworth
  13. 13. Repentance , William Wordsworth
  14. 14. Elegiac Stanzas , William Wordsworth
  15. 15. The First Kiss Of Love , George Gordon Byron
  16. 16. The Witch Of Atlas , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. 17. The Star-Apple Kingdom , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. After The Poet's Death , Daniel Brick
  19. 19. American Feuillage , Walt Whitman
  20. 20. Under The Poplars , Cesar Vallejo
  21. 21. The Wreck Of The Deutschland , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  22. 22. Arcades , John Milton
  23. 23. In France , Francis Ledwidge
  24. 24. Tuscany , Victoria Sackville-West
  25. 25. The Recluse - Book First , William Wordsworth
  26. 26. Wild Bees , John Clare
  27. 27. Book Eighth: Retrospect--Love Of Nature .. , William Wordsworth
  28. 28. Song Of The Broad-Axe , Walt Whitman
  29. 29. Song Of The Spinning Wheel , William Wordsworth
  30. 30. The Ox Tamer , Walt Whitman
  31. 31. Distant Hills , John Clare
  32. 32. Among The Hills , John Greenleaf Whittier
  33. 33. The Gods Of Greece , Friedrich Schiller
  34. 34. Gertrude Of Wyoming , Thomas Campbell
  35. 35. Courtship Of Miles Standish, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  36. 36. The Task: Book Iv. -- The Winter Evening , William Cowper
  37. 37. The Pet-Lamb , William Wordsworth
  38. 38. The Oak And The Broom , William Wordsworth
  39. 39. Book Seventh [residence In London] , William Wordsworth
  40. 40. The Burden Of Itys , Oscar Wilde
  41. 41. The Courtship Of Miles Standish , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  42. 42. Book Fourth [summer Vacation] , William Wordsworth
  43. 43. Epipsychidion (Excerpt) , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  44. 44. Fragment Of An Ode To Canada , Duncan Campbell Scott
  45. 45. The Artists , Friedrich Schiller
  46. 46. Unnamed Lands , Walt Whitman
  47. 47. The Neckar , Friedrich Holderlin
  48. 48. The Woods Of Westermain , George Meredith
  49. 49. Vernal Ode , William Wordsworth
  50. 50. Yarrow Visited , William Wordsworth
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