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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 20
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "Take this same book,—it will not bite you, Sire;
    There, put it underneath your royal arm;
    Though it's a pretty weight it will not tire,
    But rather on your journey keep you warm:
    This is the magic, this the potent charm,
    That shall drive Bertha to a fainting fit!
    When the time comes, don't feel the least alarm,
    But lift her from the ground, and swiftly flit
Back to your palace.       *       *       *

    "What shall I do with that same book?" "Why merely
    Lay it on Bertha's table, close beside
    Her work-box, and 'twill help your purpose dearly;
    I say no more." "Or good or ill betide,
    Through the wide air to Kent this morn I glide!"
    Exclaim'd the Emperor. "When I return,
    Ask what you will,—I'll give you my new bride!
    And take some more wine, Hum;—O Heavens! I burn
To be upon the wing! Now, now, that minx I spurn!"

    "Leave her to me," rejoin'd the magian:
    "But how shall I account, illustrious fay!
    For thine imperial absence? Pho! I can
    Say you are very sick, and bar the way
    To your so loving courtiers for one day;
    If either of their two archbishops' graces
    Should talk of extreme unction, I shall say
    You do not like cold pig with Latin phrases,
Which never should be used but in alarming cases."

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