Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art

  • 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,
  • Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
  • To feel for ever its soft swell and fall,
  • Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
  • Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
  • And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

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Keats, John. “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art.” 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_bright_star_would_i_were_stedfast.html.

Chicago Style: Note

John Keats, “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_bright_star_would_i_were_stedfast.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_bright_star_would_i_were_stedfast.html.