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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 3
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

                   VII.
    "Show him a mouse's tail, and he will guess,
    With metaphysic swiftness, at the mouse;
    Show him a garden, and with speed no less,
    He'll surmise sagely of a dwelling house,
    And plot, in the same minute, how to chouse
    The owner out of it; show him a "—"Peace!
    Peace! nor contrive thy mistress' ire to rouse!"
    Return'd the Princess, "my tongue shall not cease
Till from this hated match I get a free release.

                   VIII.
    "Ah, beauteous mortal!" "Hush!" quoth Coralline,
    "Really you must not talk of him, indeed."
    "You hush!" reply'd the mistress, with a shine
    Of anger in her eyes, enough to breed
    In stouter hearts than nurse's fear and dread:
    'Twas not the glance itself made nursey flinch,
    But of its threat she took the utmost heed;
    Not liking in her heart an hour-long pinch,
Or a sharp needle run into her back an inch.

                   IX.
    So she was silenc'd, and fair Bellanaine,
    Writhing her little body with ennui,
    Continued to lament and to complain,
    That Fate, cross-purposing, should let her be
    Ravish'd away far from her dear countree;
    That all her feelings should be set at nought,
    In trumping up this match so hastily,
    With lowland blood; and lowland blood she thought
Poison, as every staunch true-born Imaian ought.


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