Bright Star

RedHillDigital

Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Bright Star

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In September 1820, poet John Keats landed at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England on his way to Italy as a passenger on board the sailing brig ‘Maria Crowther’.

Apparently he wrote the poem Bright Star (below) to commemorate his last night on English soil.

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

John Keats

In common with many places along the Dorset coast, Lulworth also has a smuggling history.

Photograph taken: 27th September 2009.

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