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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Fragment of an Ode to Maia
By John Keats (1795–1821)
 
(Written on May-day, 1818)

MOTHER of Hermes! and still youthful Maia!
        May I sing to thee
As thou wast hymnèd on the shores of Baiæ?
        Or may I woo thee
In earlier Sicilian? or thy smiles        5
Seek as they once were sought, in Grecian isles,
By bards who died content on pleasant sward,
  Leaving great verse unto a little clan?
O give me their old vigour! and unheard
  Save of the quiet primrose, and the span        10
        Of heaven, and few ears,
Rounded by thee, my song should die away
        Content as theirs,
Rich in the simple worship of a day.
 
 
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