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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 13
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "I thought you guess'd, foretold, or prophesy'd,
    That's Majesty was in a raving fit?"
    "He dreams," said Hum, "or I have ever lied,
    That he is tearing you, sir, bit by bit."
    "He's not asleep, and you have little wit,"
    Reply'd the page; "that little buzzing noise,
    Whate'er your palmistry may make of it,
    Comes from a play-thing of the Emperor's choice,
From a Man-Tiger-Organ, prettiest of his toys."

    Eban then usher'd in the learned Seer:
    Elfinan's back was turn'd, but, ne'ertheless,
    Both, prostrate on the carpet, ear by ear,
    Crept silently, and waited in distress,
    Knowing the Emperor's moody bitterness;
    Eban especially, who on the floor 'gan
    Tremble and quake to death,—he feared less
    A dose of senna-tea or nightmare Gorgon
Than the Emperor when he play'd on his Man-Tiger-Organ.

    They kiss'd nine times the carpet's velvet face
    Of glossy silk, soft, smooth, and meadow-green,
    Where the close eye in deep rich fur might trace
    A silver tissue, scantly to be seen,
    As daisies lurk'd in June-grass, buds in green;
    Sudden the music ceased, sudden the hand
    Of majesty, by dint of passion keen,
    Doubled into a common fist, went grand,
And knock'd down three cut glasses, and his best ink-stand.

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