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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 11
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    He smil'd at self, and, smiling, show'd his teeth,
    And seeing his white teeth, he smil'd the more;
    Lifted his eye-brows, spurn'd the path beneath,
    Show'd teeth again, and smil'd as heretofore,
    Until he knock'd at the magician's door;
    Where, till the porter answer'd, might be seen,
    In the clear panel more he could adore,—
    His turban wreath'd of gold, and white, and green,
Mustachios, ear-ring, nose-ring, and his sabre keen.

    "Does not your master give a rout to-night?"
    Quoth the dark page. "Oh, no!" return'd the Swiss,
    "Next door but one to us, upon the right,
    The Magazin des Modes now open is
    Against the Emperor's wedding;—and, sir, this
    My master finds a monstrous horrid bore;
    As he retir'd, an hour ago I wis,
    With this best beard and brimstone, to explore
And cast a quiet figure in his second floor.

    "Gad! he's oblig'd to stick to business!
    For chalk, I hear, stands at a pretty price;
    And as for aqua vitæ—there's a mess!
    The dentes sapientiœ of mice,
    Our barber tells me too, are on the rise,—
    Tinder's a lighter article,—nitre pure
    At an enormous figure!—stars not sure!—
Zodiac will not move without a slight douceur!

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