Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bright Star


                         Bright Star

Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art—

Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night

And watching, with eternal lids apart,

Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,

The moving waters at their priestlike task

Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,

Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask

Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—

No—yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,

Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast,

To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,

Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,

Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,

And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

~John Keats~ 

Have you read much of John Keats and his poems?  Have you read his letters to Fanny Brawe?   Sometime when you are calm and quiet take the time to read them.  I am enchanted with how "lovers" spoke and wrote...would you not wish to have a poem or love letter like this?

Ah must be Spring that makes my heart flutter!


Allegra Smith said...

Not only yours, my dear, not only yours. It is the season when love begins to bloom and through the winter it will be the memory of the fluttering that will keep us warm.
I have loved Keats since the first line of his I ever read.

"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases;
it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep
a bower quiet for us, and a sleep
full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing."

Elizabeth said...

Did you see the movie? It was so incredibly beautiful, and you've chosen a still from it that was perhaps the most beautiful scene!

Ellen said...

Elizabeth...yes, I did see the movie and I was breathless with the beauty of it.

Allegra...I have a very old book of Keats my daughter gave me, and when reading works from ages ago you must shift the timing of how you read to absorb the beauty and depth of the words. He wrote so many beautiful passages...


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