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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. On the Grasshopper and Cricket
By John Keats (1795–1821)
THE POETRY of Earth is never dead:
  When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
  And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
  From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead:
That is the Grasshopper’s; he takes the lead        5
  In summer luxury; he has never done
  With his delights, for when tired out with fun,
  He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The Poetry of Earth is ceasing never:
  On a lone winter evening, when the frost        10
  Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
  And seems to one in drowsiness half lost
  The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.

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