John Keats

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


The poet John Keats thought he was a failure. A trained hospital worker, he still couldn't cure his brother's tuberculosis. After his brother died, Keats diagnosed himself with the same disease.

With only a few years left, Keats threw himself into poetry, but the critics despised his work. And Keats died unknown. Today, students study his poetry.

His famous poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" concludes, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Keats didn't know he was Keats. But the world won't ignore a life of beauty and truth. That is all we need to know . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

(Ps. 27:4)