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The Eve of St. Agnes, Page 13
by John Keats (February, 1819).

    'Tis dark: quick pattereth the flaw-blown sleet:
    "This is no dream, my bride, my Madeline!"
    'Tis dark: the iced gusts still rave and beat:
    "No dream, alas! alas! and woe is mine!
    "Porphyro will leave me here to fade and pine.—
    "Cruel! what traitor could thee hither bring?
    "I curse not, for my heart is lost in thine,
    "Though thou forsakest a deceived thing;—
"A dove forlorn and lost with sick unpruned wing."

    "My Madeline! sweet dreamer! lovely bride!
    "Say, may I be for aye thy vassal blest?
    "Thy beauty's shield, heart-shap'd and vermeil dy'd?
    "Ah, silver shrine, here will I take my rest
    "After so many hours of toil and quest,
    "A famish'd pilgrim,—sav'd by miracle.
    "Though I have found, I will not rob thy nest
    "Saving of thy sweet self; if thou think'st well
"To trust, fair Madeline, to no rude infidel.

    "Hark! 'tis an elfin-storm from faery land,
    "Of haggard seeming, but a boon indeed:
    "Arise—arise! the morning is at hand;—
    "The bloated wassaillers will never heed:—
    "Let us away, my love, with happy speed;
    "There are no ears to hear, or eyes to see,—
    "Drown'd all in Rhenish and the sleepy mead:
    "Awake! arise! my love, and fearless be,
"For o'er the southern moors I have a home for thee."

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