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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Keats
 
CXCIX. The Terror of Death
 
WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be 
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, 
Before high-pilèd books, in charact'ry 
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain; 
  
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,         5
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, 
And think 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,  10
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. 
 
 
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