Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art-
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors-
No- yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever- or else swoon to death.

by John Keats

Comments (73)

But one could be steadfast and find that fast and steady clasp betrayed! ! . What a lively sentiment by Keats in thus classic poem! ! Thanks for posting.
Poetry par excellence.... Congratulation...
The stars convey many messages therefore this is a nice poem from uncountable stars poem thanks
It is my prayer as well: Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art-
Short but very mature one of Keats poetic world
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