To Homer (John Kilpatrick)
- Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-10-12). Revised 2020-04-05
- Score information: A4, 16 pages, 230 kB Music 12 pages Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
First published: 2005 revised 2020
Description: Now published as part of Two Homer Sonnets
Original text and translations
To Homer - John Keats
Standing aloof in giant ignorance,
Of thee I hear and of the Cyclades,
As one who sits ashore and longs perchance
To visit dolphin-coral in deep seas.
So thou wast blind! – but then the veil was rent,
For Jove uncurtain’d Heaven to let thee live,
And Neptune made for thee a spumy tent,
And Pan made sing for thee his forest-hive;
Aye on the shores of darkness there is light,
And precipices show untrodden green;
There is a budding morrow in midnight;
There is a triple sight in blindness keen;
Such seeing hadst thou, as it once befel
To Dian, Queen of Earth, and Heaven, and Hell.