"On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again"
by John Keats (1795-1821)



1   O golden tongued Romance, with serene lute! 
2      Fair plumed Syren, Queen of far-away! 
3      Leave melodizing on this wintry day, 
4   Shut up thine olden pages, and be mute: 
5   Adieu! for, once again, the fierce dispute 
6      Betwixt damnation and impassion'd clay 
7      Must I burn through; once more humbly assay 
8   The bitter-sweet of this Shakespearian fruit: 
9   Chief Poet! and ye clouds of Albion, 
10      Begetters of our deep eternal theme! 
11   When through the old oak Forest I am gone, 
12      Let me not wander in a barren dream, 
13   But, when I am consumed in the fire, 
14   Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire.