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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 2
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    Meantime he sent a fluttering embassy
    To Pigmio, of Imaus sovereign,
    To half beg, and half demand, respectfully,
    The hand of his fair daughter Bellanaine;
    An audience had, and speeching done, they gain
    Their point, and bring the weeping bride away;
    Whom, with but one attendant, safely lain
    Upon their wings, they bore in bright array,
While little harps were touch'd by many a lyric fay.

    As in old pictures tender cherubim
    A child's soul thro' the sapphir'd canvas bear,
    So, thro' a real heaven, on they swim
    With the sweet princess on her plumag'd lair,
    Speed giving to the winds her lustrous hair;
    And so she journey'd, sleeping or awake,
    Save when, for healthful exercise and air,
    She chose to "promener à l'aile," or take
A pigeon's somerset, for sport or change's sake.

    "Dear Princess, do not whisper me so loud,"
    Quoth Corallina, nurse and confidant,
    "Do not you see there, lurking in a cloud,
    Close at your back, that sly old Crafticant?
    He hears a whisper plainer than a rant:
    Dry up your tears, and do not look so blue;
    He's Elfinan's great state-spy militant,
    His running, lying, flying foot-man too,—
Dear mistress, let him have no handle against you!

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