would I were steadfast 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 masque Of snow upon the mountains and the moors No --yet still steadfast, still unchangeable Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft swell and fall, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever--or else swoon to death.
(48) Such representations underscore that the divinely ordained provision of a saving meal by the priestlike
figure of Habakkuk counterbalances the desecration of the vessels at Belshazzar's feast.
"Lucent" links up to Keats's portrayal of fanaticism as heat (e.g., "ancient fervour'), but also to his invocations of the religious as a viable desideratum for modern subjectivity: for instance, the Ode's final anticipation of "warm love," or, in the sonnet "Bright Star," the "steadfast" celestial body that watches "like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite / The moving waters at their priestlike
The author locates jazz musicians' "priestlike
aspect" in their "social function" as "bringers of joy" motivated by "neither money nor fame, but the will to achieve the most eloquent expression of idea-emotions through the technical mastery of their instruments (which, incidentally, some of them wore as a priest wears a cross)" (Living with Music 261, 5-6).
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.