Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

As Hermes once took to his feathers light

  • As Hermes once took to his feathers light,
  • When lulled Argus, baffled, swoon’d and slept,
  • So on a Delphic reed, my idle spright
  • So play’d, so charm’d, so conquer’d, so bereft
  • The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes;
  • And, seeing it asleep, so fled away—
  • Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
  • Nor unto Tempe, where Jove griev’d a [that] day,
  • But to that second circle of sad hell,
  • Where in the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
  • Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
  • Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I saw,
  • Pale were the lips I kiss’d, and fair the form
  • I floated with, about that melancholy storm.

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Keats, John. “ As Hermes once took to his feathers light.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, by G. Kim Blank. Edition 3.3 , University of Victoria, 5 September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_as_hermes_once_took_to_his.html.

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John Keats, “ As Hermes once took to his feathers light,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_as_hermes_once_took_to_his.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “ As Hermes once took to his feathers light.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_as_hermes_once_took_to_his.html.