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On the Grasshopper and Cricket  (1817) 
by John Keats




On the Grasshopper and CricketEdit

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The Talking Cricket by Enrico Mazzanti, from Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Colodi, . Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


The poetry of earth is never dead:
    When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
    And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper's — he takes the lead
    In summer luxury, — he has never done
    With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
    On a lone winter evening, when the frost
         Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
    And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
         The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.


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