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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Fragment of an Ode to Maia

John Keats (1795–1821)

(Written on May-day, 1818)

MOTHER of Hermes! and still youthful Maia!

May I sing to thee

As thou wast hymnèd on the shores of Baiæ?

Or may I woo thee

In earlier Sicilian? or thy smiles

Seek as they once were sought, in Grecian isles,

By bards who died content on pleasant sward,

Leaving great verse unto a little clan?

O give me their old vigour! and unheard

Save of the quiet primrose, and the span

Of heaven, and few ears,

Rounded by thee, my song should die away

Content as theirs,

Rich in the simple worship of a day.