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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 8
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "Bring Hum to me! But stay—here, take my ring,
    The pledge of favour, that he not suspect
    Any foul play, or awkward murdering,
    Tho' I have bowstrung many of his sect;
    Throw in a hint, that if he should neglect
    One hour, the next shall see him in my grasp,
    And the next after that shall see him neck'd,
    Or swallow'd by my hunger-starved asp,—
And mention ('tis as well) the torture of the wasp."

    These orders given, the Prince, in half a pet,
    Let o'er the silk his propping elbow slide,
    Caught up his little legs, and, in a fret,
    Fell on the sofa on his royal side.
    The slave retreated backwards, humble-ey'd,
    And with a slave-like silence clos'd the door,
    And to old Hum thro' street and alley hied;
    He "knew the city," as we say, of yore,
And for short cuts and turns, was nobody knew more.

    It was the time when wholesale dealers close
    Their shutters with a moody sense of wealth,
    But retail dealers, diligent, let loose
    The gas (objected to on score of health),
    Convey'd in little solder'd pipes by stealth,
    And make it flare in many a brilliant form,
    That all the powers of darkness it repell'th,
    Which to the oil-trade doth great scaith and harm,
And superseded quite the use of the glow-worm.

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