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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 24
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "The Emperor's horrid bad; yes, that's my cue!"
    Some histories say that this was Hum's last speech;
    That, being fuddled, he went reeling through
    The corridor, and scarce upright could reach
    The stair-head; that being glutted as a leech,
    And us'd, as we ourselves have just now said,
    To manage stairs reversely, like a peach
    Too ripe, he fell, being puzzled in his head
With liquor and the staircase: verdict—found stone dead.

    This as a falsehood Crafticanto treats;
    And as his style is of strange elegance,
    Gentle and tender, full of soft conceits,
    (Much like our Boswell's,) we will take a glance
    At his sweet prose, and, if we can, make dance
    His woven periods into careless rhyme;
    O, little faery Pegasus! rear—prance—
    Trot round the quarto—ordinary time!
March, little Pegasus, with pawing hoof sublime!

    Well, let us see,—tenth book and chapter nine,—
    Thus Crafticant pursues his diary:—
    "'Twas twelve o'clock at night, the weather fine,
    Latitude thirty-six; our scouts descry
    A flight of starlings making rapidly
    Towards Thibet. Mem.:—birds fly in the night;
    From twelve to half-past—wings not fit to fly
    For a thick fog—the Princess sulky quite;
Call'd for an extra shawl, and gave her nurse a bite.

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