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The Eve of St. Agnes, Page 5
by John Keats (February, 1819).

    He follow'd through a lowly arched way,
    Brushing the cobwebs with his loftly plume,
    And as she mutter'd "Well-a—well-a-day!"
    He found him in a little moonlight room,
    Pale, lattic'd, chill, and silent as a tomb.
    "Now tell me where is Madeline," said he,
    "O tell me, Angela, by the holy loom
    "Which none but secret sisterhood may see,
"When they St. Agnes' wool are weaving piously."

    "St. Agnes! Ah! it is St. Agnes' Eve—
    "Yet men will murder upon holy days:
    "Thou must hold water in a witch's sieve,
    "And be liege-lord of all the Elves and Fays,
    "To venture so: it fills me with amaze
    "To see thee, Porphyro!—St. Agnes' Eve!
    "God's help! my lady fair the conjuror plays
    "This very night: good angels her deceive!
"But let me laugh awhile, I've mickle time to grieve."

    Feebly she laugheth in the languid moon,
    While Porphyro upon her face doth look,
    Like puzzled urchin on an aged crone
    Who keepeth clos'd a wond'rous riddle-book,
    As spectacled she sits in chimney nook.
    But soon his eyes grew brilliant, when she told
    His lady's purpose; and he scarce could brook
    Tears, at the thought of those enchantments cold,
And Madeline asleep in lap of legends old.

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