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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 16
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "Convey her to me, Hum, or by my crown,
    My sceptre, and my cross-surmounted globe,
    I'll knock you"—"Does your majesty mean—down?
    No, no, you never could my feelings probe
    To such a depth!" The Emperor took his robe,
    And wept upon its purple palatine,
    While Hum continued, shamming half a sob,—
    "In Canterbury doth your lady shine?
But let me cool your brandy with a little wine."

    Whereat a narrow Flemish glass he took,
    That since belong'd to Admiral De Witt,
    Admir'd it with a connoisseuring look,
    And with the ripest claret crowned it,
    And, ere the lively bead could burst and flit,
    He turn'd it quickly, nimbly upside down,
    His mouth being held conveniently fit
    To catch the treasure: "Best in all the town!"
He said, smack'd his moist lips, and gave a pleasant frown.

    "Ah! good my Prince, weep not!" And then again
    He filled a bumper. "Great Sire, do not weep!
    Your pulse is shocking, but I'll ease your pain."
    "Fetch me that Ottoman, and prithee keep
    Your voice low," said the Emperor; "and steep
    Some lady's-fingers nice in Candy wine;
    And prithee, Hum, behind the screen do peep
    For the rose-water vase, magician mine!
And sponge my forehead,—so my love doth make me pine.

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