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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 5
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    There he says plainly that she lov'd a man!
    That she around him flutter'd, flirted, toy'd,
    Before her marriage with great Elfinan;
    That after marriage too, she never joy'd
    In husband's company, but still employ'd
    Her wits to 'scape away to Angle-land;
    Where liv'd the youth, who worried and annoy'd
    Her tender heart, and its warm ardours fann'd
To such a dreadful blaze, her side would scorch her hand.

    But let us leave this idle tittle-tattle
    To waiting-maids, and bed-room coteries,
    Nor till fit time against her fame wage battle.
    Poor Elfinan is very ill at ease,
    Let us resume his subject if you please:
    For it may comfort and console him much,
    To rhyme and syllable his miseries;
    Poor Elfinan! whose cruel fate was such,
He sat and curs'd a bride he knew he could not touch.

    Soon as (according to his promises)
    The bridal embassy had taken wing,
    And vanish'd, bird-like, o'er the suburb trees,
    The Emperor, empierc'd with the sharp sting
    Of love, retired, vex'd and murmuring
    Like any drone shut from the fair bee-queen,
    Into his cabinet, and there did fling
    His limbs upon a sofa, full of spleen,
And damn'd his House of Commons, in complete chagrin.

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