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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
The opening lines of Endymion

John Keats (1795–1821)
 
A THING 1 of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.        5
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darken’d ways        10
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits …
 
Note 1. Keats. The opening lines of ‘Endymion’. [back]
 
 
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