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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Keats
 
CXCI. Happy Insensibility
 
IN a drear-nighted December, 
Too happy, happy tree, 
Thy branches ne'er remember 
Their green felicity: 
The north cannot undo them         5
With a sleety whistle through them, 
Nor frozen thawings glue them 
From budding at the prime. 
  
In a drear-nighted December, 
Too happy, happy brook,  10
Thy bubblings ne'er remember 
Apollo's summer look; 
But with a sweet forgetting 
They stay their crystal fretting, 
Never, never petting  15
About the frozen time. 
  
Ah! would 'twere so with many 
A gentle girl and boy! 
But were there ever any 
Writhed not at passèd joy?  20
To know the change and feel it, 
When there is none to heal it 
Nor numbèd sense to steal it— 
Was never said in rhyme. 
 
 
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