The Beautiful and Damned

F Scott

**taken with my iPhone at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Grave, May 2013

“O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been
Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,
Tasting of Flora and the country green,
Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!
O for a beaker full of the warm South,
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth;
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim:”

— from Ode to a Nightingale, by John Keats

Audio of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s recitation of the poem can be found here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeFtMBZWrjc

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