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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 - 14,868 Points Sylvaonyema Uba (4/20/2018 11:29:00 PM)

    Nice use of the sestet stanzaic form.
    Good use of stylistic embellishments
    Good rhythm.

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  • Gold Star - 20,230 Points Joshua Adeyemi (3/10/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,
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Poems About Hope

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