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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 1
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).


    In midmost Ind, beside Hydaspes cool,
    There stood, or hover'd, tremulous in the air,
    A faery city 'neath the potent rule
    Of Emperor Elfinan; fam'd ev'rywhere
    For love of mortal women, maidens fair,
    Whose lips were solid, whose soft hands were made
    Of a fit mould and beauty, ripe and rare,
    To tamper his slight wooing, warm yet staid:
He lov'd girls smooth as shades, but hated a mere shade.

    This was a crime forbidden by the law;
    And all the priesthood of his city wept,
    For ruin and dismay they well foresaw,
    If impious prince no bound or limit kept,
    And faery Zendervester overstept;
    They wept, he sin'd, and still he would sin on,
    They dreamt of sin, and he sin'd while they slept;
    In vain the pulpit thunder'd at the throne,
Caricature was vain, and vain the tart lampoon.

    Which seeing, his high court of parliament
    Laid a remonstrance at his Highness' feet,
    Praying his royal senses to content
    Themselves with what in faery land was sweet,
    Befitting best that shade with shade should meet:
    Whereat, to calm their fears, he promis'd soon
    From mortal tempters all to make retreat,—
    Aye, even on the first of the new moon,
An immaterial wife to espouse as heaven's boon.

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