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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
528. Happy Insensibility
 
John Keats (1795–1821)
 
 
IN a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy Tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them,        5
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.
 
In a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy Brook,
Thy bubblings ne’er remember        10
Apollo’s summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting
About the frozen time.        15
 
Ah would ’twere so with many
A gentle girl and boy!
But were there ever any
Writhed not at passe´d joy?
To know the change and feel it,        20
When there is none to heal it
Nor numbe´d sense to steal it—
Was never said in rhyme.
 

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