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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 10
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "By thy ungallant bearing and sad mien,
    An inch appears the utmost thou couldst budge;
    Yet at the slighest nod, or hint, or sign,
    Round to the curb-stone patient dost thou trudge,
    School'd in a beckon, learned in a nudge,
    A dull-ey'd Argus watching for a fare;
    Quiet and plodding, thou dost bear no grudge
    To whisking Tilburies, or Phaetons rare,
Curricles, or Mail-coaches, swift beyond compare."

    Philosophizing thus, he pull'd the check,
    And bade the Coachman's wheel to such a street,
    Who, turning much his body, more his neck,
    Louted full low, and hoarsely did him greet:
    "Certes, Monsieur were best take to his feet,
    Seeing his servant can no further drive
    For press of coaches, that to-night here meet,
    Many as bees about a straw-capp'd hive,
When first for April honey into faint flowers they dive."

    Eban then paid his fare, and tiptoe went
    To Hum's hotel; and, as he on did pass
    With head inclin'd, each dusky lineament
    Show'd in the pearl-pav'd street, as in a glass;
    His purple vest, that ever peeping was
    Rich from the fluttering crimson of his cloak,
    His silvery trowsers, and his silken sash
    Tied in a burnish'd knot, their semblance took
Upon the mirror'd walls, wherever he might look.

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