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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
On first looking into Chapman’s Homer

John Keats (1795–1821)
MUCH 1 have I travell’d in the realms of gold
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told        5
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;        10
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
Note 1. Keats. On first looking into Chapman’s Homer. [back]

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