On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
The Poetical Works of John Keats, ed. H. W. Garrod, 2nd edn. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958): 478.
2 Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
3 And each imagin'd pinnacle and steep
4Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
5Like a sick Eagle looking at the sky.
6 Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep
7 That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
8Fresh for the opening of the morning's eye.
9Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
10 Bring round the heart an undescribable feud;
11So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
12 That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
14 A sun -- a shadow of a magnitude.
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