Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Bards of passion and of mirth

  • Bards of passion and of mirth,
  • Ye have left your souls on earth!
  • Have ye souls in heaven too,
  • Double-lived in regions new?
  • Yes, and those of heaven commune
  • With the spheres of sun and moon;
  • With the noise of fountains wond’rous,
  • And the parle of voices thund’rous;
  • With the whisper of heaven’s trees
  • And one another, in soft ease
  • Seated on Elysian lawns
  • Brows’d by none but Dian’s fawns;
  • Underneath large blue-bells tented,
  • Where the daisies are rose-scented,
  • And the rose herself has got
  • Perfume which on earth is not;
  • Where the nightingale doth sing
  • Not a senseless, tranced thing,
  • But divine melodious truth;
  • Philosophic numbers smooth;
  • Tales and golden histories
  • Of heaven and its mysteries.
  • Thus ye live on high, and then
  • On the earth ye live again;
  • And the souls ye left behind you
  • Teach us, here, the way to find you,
  • Where your other souls are joying,
  • Never slumber’d, never cloying.
  • Here, your earth-born souls still speak
  • To mortals, of their little week;
  • Of their sorrows and delights;
  • Of their passions and their spites;
  • Of their glory and their shame;
  • What doth strengthen and what maim.
  • Thus ye teach us, every day,
  • Wisdom, though fled far away.
  • Bards of passion and of mirth,
  • Ye have left your souls on earth!
  • Ye have souls in heaven too,
  • Double-lived in regions new!

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Keats, John. “Bards of passion and of mirth.” 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_bards_of_passion_and_of_mirth.html.

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John Keats, “Bards of passion and of mirth,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_bards_of_passion_and_of_mirth.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Bards of passion and of mirth.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_bards_of_passion_and_of_mirth.html.