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To Hope - Poem by John Keats

WHEN by my solitary hearth I sit,
And hateful thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom;
When no fair dreams before my "mind's eye" flit,
And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Whene'er I wander, at the fall of night,
Where woven boughs shut out the moon's bright ray,
Should sad Despondency my musings fright,
And frown, to drive fair Cheerfulness away,
Peep with the moonbeams through the leafy roof,
And keep that fiend Despondence far aloof!

Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,
Strive for her son to seize my careless heart;
When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,
Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart:
Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright,
And fright him as the morning frightens night!

Whene'er the fate of those I hold most dear
Tells to my fearful breast a tale of sorrow,
O bright-eyed Hope, my morbidfancy cheer;
Let me awhile thy sweetest comforts borrow:
Thy heaven-born radiance around me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Should e'er unhappy love my bosom pain,
From cruel parents, or relentless fair;
O let me think it is not quite in vain
To sigh out sonnets to the midnight air!
Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,
And wave thy silver pinions o'er my head!

In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see our country's honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom's shade.
From thy bright eyes unusual brightness shed---
Beneath thy pinions canopy my head!

Let me not see the patriot's high bequest,
Great Liberty! how great in plain attire!
With the base purple of a court oppress'd,
Bowing her head, and ready to expire:
But let me see thee stoop from heaven on wings
That fill the skies with silver glitterings!

And as, in sparkling majesty, a star
Gilds the bright summit of some gloomy cloud;
Brightening the half veil'd face of heaven afar:
So, when dark thoughts my boding spirit shroud,
Sweet Hope, celestial influence round me shed,
Waving thy silver pinions o'er my head!

Comments about To Hope by John Keats

  • Gold Star - 7,983 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:04:00 PM)

    ...in sparkling majesty, a star

    Long and inspiring poem.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Gold Star - 5,318 Points Uzefa Rashida M.a (3/25/2016 10:12:00 AM)

    An ode to hope.. the poet finds hope to his best companion at all times of crises. great poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,008 Points Ransome Adejugbe (10/27/2015 2:47:00 PM)

    Great flow. I enjoyed the entire poem. Awesome! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. To Hope , John Keats
  3. 3. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  6. 6. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  7. 7. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  8. 8. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. 9. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  10. 10. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  11. 11. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  12. 12. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  13. 13. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  14. 14. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  15. 15. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  16. 16. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  17. 17. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  18. 18. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. 20. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  21. 21. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  22. 22. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  23. 23. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  24. 24. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  25. 25. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  27. 27. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  28. 28. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  29. 29. Hope , ice johnson
  30. 30. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  31. 31. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  32. 32. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  33. 33. Sonnet To Hope , Helen Maria Williams
  34. 34. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  35. 35. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  36. 36. Hope , suchul Jin
  37. 37. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  38. 38. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  39. 39. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  40. 40. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  41. 41. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  43. 43. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  44. 44. I Hope , Sara Magana
  45. 45. You Gave Me Words Of Hope , Sugawara Takesue no Musume
  46. 46. Hope , Mathilde Blind
  47. 47. Love, Faith And Hope , Bob Gotti
  48. 48. Hope , David Darbyshire
  49. 49. Hope Is Life , G. Siva Shankar
  50. 50. The Service Without Hope , Emily Dickinson
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