The Poetry Corner

Translated From A Sonnet Of Ronsard

By John Keats

Nature withheld Cassandra in the skies For more adornment a full thousand years; She took their cream of Beauty's fairest dyes, And shap'd and tinted her above all Peers: Meanwhile Love kept her dearly with his wings, And underneath their shadow fill'd her eyes With such a richness that the cloudy Kings Of high Olympus utter'd slavish sighs. When from the Heavens I saw her first descend My heart took fire, and only burning pains They were my pleasures, they my Life's sad end; Love pour'd her beauty into my warm veins.