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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 18
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "And listen to my words. You say you won't,
    On any terms, marry Miss Bellanaine;
    It goes against your conscience—good! Well, don't.
    You say you love a mortal. I would fain
    Persuade your honour's highness to refrain
    From peccadilloes. But, Sire, as I say,
    What good would that do? And, to be more plain,
    You would do me a mischief some odd day,
Cut off my ears and hands, or head too, by my fay!

    "Besides, manners forbid that I should pass any
    Vile strictures on the conduct of a prince
    Who should indulge his genius, if he has any,
    Not, like a subject, foolish matters mince.
    Now I think on't, perhaps I could convince
    Your Majesty there is no crime at all
    In loving pretty little Bertha, since
    She's very delicate,—not over tall,—
A fairy's hand, and in the waist why—very small."

    "Ring the repeater, gentle Hum!" "'Tis five,"
    Said gentle Hum; "the nights draw in apace;
    The little birds I hear are all alive;
    I see the dawning touch'd upon your face;
    Shall I put out the candles, please your Grace?"
    "Do put them out, and, without more ado,
    Tell me how I may that sweet girl embrace,—
    How you can bring her to me." "That's for you,
Great Emperor! to adventure, like a lover true."

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