Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Song of Four Fairies: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water

  • SALAMANDER
  • Happy, happy glowing fire!
  • ZEPHYR
  • Fragrant air! Delicious light!
  • DUSKETHA
  • Let me to my glooms retire!
  • BREAMA
  • I to green-weed rivers bright!
  • SALAMANDER
  • Happy, happy glowing Fire!
  • Dazzling bowers of soft retire,
  • Ever let my nourish’d wing,
  • Like a bat’s, still wandering,
  • Faintly fan your fiery spaces,
  • Spirit sole in deadly places.
  • In unhaunted roar and blaze,
  • Open eyes that never daze,
  • Let me see the myriad shapes
  • Of men, and beasts, and fish, and apes,
  • Portray’d in many a fiery den,
  • And wrought by spumy bitumen.
  • On the deep intenser roof,
  • Arched every way aloof,
  • Let me breathe upon their skies,
  • And anger their live tapestries;
  • Free from cold, and every care,
  • Of chilly rain, and shivering air.
  • ZEPHYR
  • Spirit of Fire! away! away!
  • Or your very roundelay
  • Will sear my plumage newly budded
  • From its quilled sheath, all studded
  • With the self-same dews that fell
  • On the may-grown asphodel.
  • Spirit of Fire — away! away!
  • BREAMA
  • Spirit of fire — away! away!
  • Zephyr, blue-eyed fairy, turn,
  • And see my cool sedge-buried urn,
  • Where it rests its mossy brim
  • ’Mid water-mint and cresses dim;
  • And the flowers, in sweet troubles,
  • Lift their eyes above the bubbles,
  • Like our Queen, when she would please
  • To sleep, and Oberon will teaze.
  • Love me, blue-eyed fairy true,
  • Soothly I am sick for you.
  • ZEPHYR
  • Gentle Breama! by the first
  • Violet young nature nurst,
  • I will bathe myself with thee,
  • So you sometimes follow me
  • Beyond the nimble-wheeled quest
  • Of the golden-presenc’d sun
  • Come with me, o’er tops of trees,
  • To my fragrant palaces,
  • Where they ever floating are
  • Beneath the cherish of a star
  • Call’d Vesper, who with silver veil
  • Ever hides his brilliance pale,
  • Ever gently-drows’d doth keep
  • Twilight for the fayes to sleep.
  • Fear not that your watery hair
  • Will thirst in drouthy ringlets there;
  • Clouds of stored summer rains
  • Thou shalt taste, before the stains
  • Of the mountain soil they take,
  • And too unlucent for thee make.
  • I love thee, crystal fairy, true!
  • Sooth I am as sick for you!
  • SALAMANDER
  • Out, ye aguish fairies, out!
  • Chilly lovers, what a rout
  • Keep ye with your frozen breath,
  • Colder than the mortal death.
  • Adder-eyed Dusketha, speak,
  • Shall we leave these, and go seek
  • In the earth’s wide entrails old
  • Couches warm as their’s are cold?
  • O for a fiery gloom and thee,
  • Dusketha, so enchantingly
  • Freckle-wing’d and lizard-sided!
  • DUSKETHA
  • By thee, sprite, will I be guided!
  • I care not for cold or heat;
  • Frost and flame, or sparks, or sleet,
  • To my essence are the same; —
  • But I honour more the flame.
  • Sprite of Fire, I follow thee
  • Wheresoever it may be,
  • To the torrid spouts and fountains,
  • Underneath earth-quaked mountains;
  • Or, at thy supreme desire,
  • Touch the very pulse of fire
  • With my bare unlidded eyes.
  • SALAMANDER
  • Sweet Dusketha! Paradise!
  • Off, ye icy spirits, fly!
  • Frosty creatures of the sky!
  • DUSKETHA
  • Breathe upon them, fiery sprite!
  • ZEPHYR and BREAMA
  • Away! away to our delight!
  • SALAMANDER
  • Go, feed on icicles, while we
  • DUSKETHA
  • Lead me to those feverous glooms,
  • Sprite of fire!
  • BREAMA
  • Me to the blooms,
  • Blue-eyed Zephyr, of those flowers
  • Far in the west where the May-cloud lowers;
  • And the beams of still Vesper, when winds are all wist,
  • Are shed thro’ the rain and the milder mist,
  • And twilight your floating bowers.

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MLA Style: Works Cited

Keats, John. “Song of Four Fairies: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.” 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_song_of_four_fairies_fire_air.html.

Chicago Style: Note

John Keats, “Song of Four Fairies: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_song_of_four_fairies_fire_air.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Song of Four Fairies: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_song_of_four_fairies_fire_air.html.