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To Hope - Poem by John Keats

WHEN by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my "mind's eye" flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Whene'er I wander, at the fall of night,
Where woven boughs shut out the moon's bright ray,
Should sad Despondency my musings fright,
And frown, to drive fair Cheerfulness away,
Peep with the moonbeams through the leafy roof,
And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof!

Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,
Strive for her son to seize my careless heart;
When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,
Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart:
Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright,
And fright him as the morning frightens night!

Whene'er the fate of those I hold most dear
Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow,
O bright-eyed Hope, my morbidfancy cheer;
Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow:
Thy heaven-born radiance around me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Should e'er unhappy love my bosom pain,
From cruel parents, or relentless fair;
O let me think it is not quite in vain
To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air!
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see our country's honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom's shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed---
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!

Let me not see the patriot's high bequest,
Great Liberty! how great in plain attire!
With the base purple of a court oppress'd,
Bowing her head, and ready to expire:
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the skies with silver glitterings!

And as, in sparkling majesty, a star
Gilds the bright summit of some gloomy cloud;
Brightening the half veil'd face of heaven afar:
So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope, celestial influence round me shed,
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Comments about To Hope by John Keats

  • Gold Star - 11,238 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:04:00 PM)

    ...in sparkling majesty, a star

    Long and inspiring poem.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Gold Star - 5,338 Points Uzefa Rashida M.a (3/25/2016 10:12:00 AM)

    An ode to hope.. the poet finds hope to his best companion at all times of crises. great poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,008 Points Ransome Adejugbe (10/27/2015 2:47:00 PM)

    Great flow. I enjoyed the entire poem. Awesome! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  3. 3. To Hope , John Keats
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  6. 6. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  7. 7. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  10. 10. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  11. 11. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  12. 12. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. 13. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  14. 14. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  15. 15. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  17. 17. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  18. 18. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  20. 20. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  21. 21. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  22. 22. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  23. 23. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  26. 26. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  27. 27. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  28. 28. Hope , jodi right
  29. 29. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  30. 30. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  31. 31. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  32. 32. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  33. 33. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  34. 34. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  35. 35. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  36. 36. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  37. 37. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  38. 38. I Hope , Sara Magana
  39. 39. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  41. 41. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  42. 42. Hope , suchul Jin
  43. 43. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  44. 44. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  45. 45. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  46. 46. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  47. 47. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  49. 49. All Hope , Bill Smith
  50. 50. Hope , David Darbyshire
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