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    John Keats - How Many Bards Gild The Lapses Of Time!

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    How Many Bards Gild The Lapses Of Time!
    by John Keats (1795-1821)

    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 unnumbered sounds that evening store;
    The songs of birds — the whispering of the leaves —
    The voice of waters — the great bell that heaves
    With solemn sound, — and thousand others more,
    That distance of recognizance bereaves,
    Makes pleasing music, and not wild uproar.