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AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF JOHN
KEATS, AUTHOR OF ENDYMION,

HYPERION &c.

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PREFACE.

Φάρμακον ήλθε, Βίων, τοτί σον στόμα, φάρμακον είδες
Πώς τευ τοϊς χείλεσσι ποτέδραμε, κούκ έγλυκάνθη;
Τίς δε βρoτός τοσσούτον ανάμερος ή κεράσαι τοι,
"Η δούναι λαλέοντι το φάρμακον ; έκφυγεν ηδάν.

Moschus, Epitaph. Bion. It is my intention to subjoin to the London edition of this poem a criticism upon the claims of its lamented object to be classed among the writers of the highest genius who have adorned our age. My known repugnance to the narrow principles of taste on which several of his earlier compositions were modelled prove[s] at least that I am an impartial judge. I consider the fragment of Hyperion as second to nothing that was ever produced by a writer of the same years.

John Keats died at Rome of a consumption, in his twenty-fourth year, on the of 1821; and was buried in the romantic and lonely cemetery of the protestants in that city, under the pyramid which is the tomb of Cestius, and the massy walls and towers, now mouldering and desolate, which formed the circuit of ancient Rome. The cemetery is an open space among the ruins covered in winter

" It was on the 23rd of February 1821 that Keats died. He was in his twenty-sixth year. -ED.

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