"When I have fears that I may cease to be"
by John Keats (1795-1821)



1   When I have fears that I may cease to be 
2      Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, 
3   Before high-piled books, in charactery, 
4      Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain; 
5   When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face, 
6      Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, 
7   And think that I may never live to trace 
8      Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance; 
9   And when I feel, fair creature of an hour, 
10      That I shall never look upon thee more, 
11   Never have relish in the faery power 
12      Of unreflecting love;---then on the shore 
13   Of the wide world I stand alone, and think 
14   Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.