Unless I have something of import to write, this week is hereby designated as Adam Puts His Favorite Poems on His Website Week.

Ode to Melancholy — John Keats

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolfs-​bane, tight-​rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss?d
By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-​berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-​moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow?s mysteries;
For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-​headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-​wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.

She dwells with Beauty?Beauty that must die;
And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,
Turning to poison while the bee-​mouth sips:
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
Veil?d Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
Can burst Joy?s grape against his palate fine;
His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,
And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

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