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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 15
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "You seem to know"—"I do know," answer'd Hum,
    "Your Majesty's in love with some fine girl
    Named Bertha; but her surname will not come,
    Without a little conjuring." "'Tis Pearl,
    'Tis Bertha Pearl! What makes my brain so whirl?
    And she is softer, fairer than her name!"
    "Where does she live? ask'd Hum. "Her fair locks curl
    So brightly, they put all our fays to shame!—
Live?—O! at Canterbury, with her old grand-dame."

    "Good! good! cried Hum, "I've known her from a child!
    She is a changeling of my management;
    She was born at midnight in an Indian wild;
    Her mother's screams with the striped tiger's blent,
    While the torch-bearing slaves a halloo sent
    Into the jungles; and her palanquin,
    Rested amid the desert's dreariment,
    Shook with her agony, till fair were seen
The little Bertha's eyes ope on the stars serene."

    "I can't say," said the monarch; "that may be
    Just as it happen'd, true or else a bam!
    Drink up your brandy, and sit down by me,
    Feel, feel my pulse, how much in love I am;
    And if your science is not all a sham,
    Tell me some means to get the lady here."
    "Upon my honour!" said the son of Cham,
    "She is my dainty changeling, near and dear,
Although her story sounds at first a little queer."

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