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Editor's Selection of Poems
Fame Speaks

by ee cummings

Stand forth, John Keats!  On earth thou knew'st me not;
Steadfast through all the storms of passion,thou,
True to thy muse, and virgin to thy vow;
Resigned, if name with ashes were forgot,
So thou one arrow in the gold had'st shot! 
I never placed my laurel on thy brow,
But on thy name I come to lay it now,
When thy bones wither in the earthly plot.
Fame is my name.  I dwell among the clouds,
Being immortal, and the wreath I bring
Itself is Immortality.  The sweets
Of earth I know not, more the pains, but wing
In mine own ether, with the crownéd crowds
Born of the centuries. - Stand forth, John Keats!
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