Keen, Fitful Gusts are Whisp'ring Here and There

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The Poetical Works of John Keats, ed. H. W. Garrod, 2nd edn. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958): 44.
1Keen, fitful gusts are whisp'ring here and there
2   Among the bushes half leafless, and dry;
3   The stars look very cold about the sky,
4And I have many miles on foot to fare.
5Yet feel I little of the cool bleak air,
6   Or of the dead leaves rustling drearily,
7   Or of those silver lamps that burn on high,
8Or of the distance from home's pleasant lair:
9For I am brimfull of the friendliness
10   That in a little cottage I have found;
12   And all his love for gentle Lycid drown'd;
13Of lovely Laura in her light green dress,


11] Milton: English poet, author of "Lycidas." Back to Line
14] Petrarch: Italian humanist poet (1304-74), who wrote love poems in praise of a woman named Laura whom he saw first in Avignon in 1327. Back to Line
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Ian Lancashire
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