The young Endymion sleeps Endymion's sleep; The shepherd-boy whose tale was left half told! The solemn grove uplifts its shield of gold To the red rising moon, and loud and deep The nightingale is singing from the steep; It is midsummer, but the air is cold; Can it be death? Alas, beside the fold A shepherd's pipe lies shattered near his sheep. Lo! in the moonlight gleams a marble white, On which I read: "Here lieth one whose name Was writ in water." And was this the meed Of his sweet singing? Rather let me write: "The smoking flax before it burst to flame Was quenched by death, and broken the bruised reed."
- by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), "Keats", appears in Masque of Pandora and Other Poems, in A Book of Sonnets, first published 1875 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Keats", 2015 [ bass and piano ], from The Poets -- 5 songs for Bass and Piano, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
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