Silent Sunday: Letter from John Keats to Fanny Brawne

“…I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time…I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving…My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change? My love, will it?…Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you…You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.” I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.”

–John Keats: Letters to Fanny Brawne, 1819

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