FRAGMENT ON KEATS.
[Published by Mrs. Shelley, "Poetical Works", 1839, 1st edition--ED.]
ON KEATS, WHO DESIRED THAT ON HIS TOMB SHOULD BE INSCRIBED--
'Here lieth One whose name was writ on water.
But, ere the breath that could erase it blew,
Death, in remorse for that fell slaughter,
Death, the immortalizing winter, flew
Athwart the stream,--and time's printless torrent grew _5
A scroll of crystal, blazoning the name
FRAGMENT: 'METHOUGHT I WAS A BILLOW IN THE CROWD'.
[Published by Rossetti, "Complete Poetical Works of P. B. S.", 1870.]
Methought I was a billow in the crowd
Of common men, that stream without a shore,
That ocean which at once is deaf and loud;
That I, a man, stood amid many more
By a wayside..., which the aspect bore _5
Of some imperial metropolis,
Where mighty shapes--pyramid, dome, and tower--
Gleamed like a pile of crags--
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