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The Eve of St. Agnes, Page 12
by John Keats (February, 1819).

    Her eyes were open, but she still beheld,
    Now wide awake, the vision of her sleep:
    There was a painful change, that nigh expell'd
    The blisses of her dream so pure and deep
    At which fair Madeline began to weep,
    And moan forth witless words with many a sigh;
    While still her gaze on Porphyro would keep;
    Who knelt, with joined hands and piteous eye,
Fearing to move or speak, she look'd so dreamingly.

    "Ah, Porphyro!" said she, "but even now
    "Thy voice was at sweet tremble in mine ear,
    "Made tuneable with every sweetest vow;
    "And those sad eyes were spiritual and clear:
    "How chang'd thou art! how pallid, chill, and drear!
    "Give me that voice again, my Porphyro,
    "Those looks immortal, those complainings dear!
    "Oh leave me not in this eternal woe,
"For if thou diest, my Love, I know not where to go."

    Beyond a mortal man impassion'd far
    At these voluptuous accents, he arose,
    Ethereal, flush'd, and like a throbbing star
    Seen mid the sapphire heaven's deep repose;
    Into her dream he melted, as the rose
    Blendeth its odour with the violet,—
    Solution sweet: meantime the frost-wind blows
    Like Love's alarum pattering the sharp sleet
Against the window-panes; St. Agnes' moon hath set.

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