Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair
Ode.

  • Chief of organic Numbers! 
  • Old Scholar of the Spheres! 
  • Thy spirit never slumbers, 
  • But rolls about our ears 
  • For ever and for ever: 
  • O, what a mad endeavour 
  • Worketh he, 
  • Who, to thy sacred and ennobled hearse, 
  • Would offer a burnt sacrifice of verse 
  • And melody!
  • How heavenward thou soundedst 
  • Live Temple of sweet noise; 
  • And discord unconfoundedst: 
  • Giving delight new joys, 
  • And pleasure nobler pinions— 
  • O, where are thy dominions! 
  • Lend thine ear 
  • To a young Delian oath,—aye, by thy soul, 
  • By all that from thy mortal lips did roll; 
  • And by the kernel of thine earthly love, 
  • Beauty, in things on earth and things above; 
  • When every childish fashion 
  • Has vanish’d from my rhyme, 
  • Will I, grey-gone in passion, 
  • Leave to an after-time 
  • Hymning and harmony 
  • Of thee, and of thy works, and of thy life; 
  • But vain is now the burning, and the strife, 
  • Pangs are in vain—until I grow high-rife 
  • With old philosophy 
  • And mad with glimpses at futurity! 
  • For many years my offerings must be hush’d. 
  • When I do speak I’ll think upon this hour, 
  • Because I feel my forehead hot and flush’d— 
  • Even at the simplest vassal of thy power,— 
  • A lock of thy bright hair— 
  • Sudden it came, 
  • And I was startled when I caught thy name 
  • Coupled so unaware; 
  • Yet, at the moment, temperate was my blood,— 
  • Methought I had beheld it from the Flood.

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Keats, John. “Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair
Ode..” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, by G. Kim Blank. Edition 2.1, University of Victoria, 6 September 2019. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_lines_on_seeing_a_lock_of.html.

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John Keats, “Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair
Ode.,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 2.1, last modified 6th September 2019. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_lines_on_seeing_a_lock_of.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair
Ode..” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 2.1, last modified 6th September 2019. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_lines_on_seeing_a_lock_of.html.