Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

How many bards gild the lapses of time

  • How many bards gild the lapses of time!
  • A few of them have ever been the food
  • Of my delighted fancy, — I could brood
  • Over their beauties, earthly, or sublime:
  • And often, when I sit me down to rhyme,
  • These will in throngs before my mind intrude:
  • But no confusion, no disturbance rude
  • Do they occasion; ’tis a pleasing chime.
  • So the unnumber’d sounds that evening store;
  • The songs of birds — the whisp’ring of the leaves —
  • The voice of waters — the great bell that heaves
  • With solemn sound, — and thousand others more,
  • That distance of recognizance bereaves,
  • Make pleasing music, and not wild uproar.

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Keats, John. “How many bards gild the lapses of time.” 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_how_many_bards_gild_the_lapses.html.

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Keats, John. “How many bards gild the lapses of time.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_how_many_bards_gild_the_lapses.html.