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- A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness;
John Keats, Endymion
- "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,--that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn
- Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?"
John Keats, Lamia II, 229-230
- Ever let the Fancy roam,
Pleasure never is at home . . . ."
John Keats, Fancy 1-2
- Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art--"
John Keats, Bright Star 1
- Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endeared,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone. . . .
John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn 11-14
- I have been half in love with easeful Death....
John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale 52
- Fled is that music:--Do I wake or sleep?
John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale 80
- For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.
John Keats, Ode on Melancholy 9-10
- It is a flaw
In happiness to see beyond our bourn--
It forces us in summer skies to mourn:
It spoils the singing of the nightingale.
John Keats, To J. H. Reynolds, Esq. 82-85
- I keep six honest serving-men
They taught me all I know;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
- A castle after all is but a house--
The dullest one when lacking company.
Sheridan Knowles, The Hunchback, Act IV, Scene i