Friday Favorites–Bright Star by John Keats

As you might remember from a previous Friday Favorite blog of mine, one of my favorite movies is Bright Star and one of my favorite poets is John Keats, the inspiration for the film.  I thought it only fitting to let  you see the poem for which the film is named.  It is Keats love poem for the love of his life, Fanny Brawne.   Although they were madly in love, his lack of funds and his poor health (He died of tuberculosis at 25) kept them from ever marrying.    Pam

BRIGHT STAR, WOULD I WERE STEDFAST

By John Keats

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,
Pillowed 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 in death.

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