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OCTOBER XXIX, 1795 (KEATS' BIRTHDAY), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Time sitting on the throne of memory
Last Line: Because he played with beauty for a toy!'
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets

Time sitting on the throne of Memory
Bade all her subject Days the past had known
Arise and say what thing gave them renown
Unforgettable, 'Rising from the sea,
I gave the Genoese his dreams to be;'
'I saw the Corsican's Guards swept down;'
'Colonies I made free from a tyrant's crown;' --
So each Day told its immortality.

And with these blazing triumphs spoke one voice
Whose wistful speech no vaunting did employ:
'I know not if 'twere by Fate's chance or choice
I hold the lowly birth of an English boy;
I only know he made man's heart rejoice
Because he played with Beauty for a toy!'

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