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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 7
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "Monstrous affair! Pshaw! pah! what ugly minx
    Will they fetch from Imaus for my bride?
    Alas! my wearied heart within me sinks,
    To think that I must be so near ally'd
    To a cold dullard fay,—ah, woe betide!
    Ah, fairest of all human loveliness!
    Sweet Bertha! what crime can it be to glide
    About the fragrant plaitings of thy dress,
Or kiss thine eyes, or count thy locks, tress after tress?"

    So said, one minute's while his eyes remain'd
    Half lidded, piteous, languid, innocent;
    But, in a wink, their splendour they regain'd,
    Sparkling revenge with amorous fury blent.
    Love thwarted in bad temper oft has vent:
    He rose, he stampt his foot, he rang the bell,
    And order'd some death-warrants to be sent
    For signature:—somewhere the tempest fell,
As many a poor fellow does not live to tell.

    "At the same time, Eban,"—(this was his page,
    A fay of colour, slave from top to toe,
    Sent as a present, while yet under age,
    From the Viceroy of Zanguebar,—wise, slow,
    His speech, his only words were "yes" and "no,"
    But swift of look, and foot, and wing was he,—)
    "At the same time, Eban, this instant go
    To Hum the soothsayer, whose name I see
Among the fresh arrivals in our empery.

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