“Sonnet” by J. Keats
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books» in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s startM face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And feel that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love! – then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.