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The Cap and Bells, or, The Jealousies, Page 26
by John Keats (November-December, 1819).

    "Five minutes thirteen seconds after three,
    Far in the west a mighty fire broke out,
    Conjectur'd, on the instant, it might be,
    The city of Balk—'twas Balk beyond all doubt:
    A griffin, wheeling here and there about,
    Kept reconnoitring us—doubled our guard—
    Lighted our torches, and kept up a shout,
    Till he sheer'd off—the Princess very scar'd—
And many on their marrow-bones for death prepar'd.

    "At half-past three arose the cheerful moon—
    Bivouack'd for four minutes on a cloud—
    Where from the earth we heard a lively tune
    Of tambourines and pipes, serene and loud,
    While on a flowery lawn a brilliant crowd
    Cinque-parted danc'd, some half asleep reposed
    Beneath the green-fan'd cedars, some did shroud
    In silken tents, and 'mid light fragrance dozed,
Or on the open turf their soothed eyelids closed.

    "Dropp'd my gold watch, and kill'd a kettledrum—
    It went for apoplexy—foolish folks!—
    Left it to pay the piper—a good sum—
    (I've got a conscience, maugre people's jokes,)
    To scrape a little favour; 'gan to coax
    Her Highness' pug-dog—got a sharp rebuff—
    She wish'd a game at whist—made three revokes—
    Turn'd from myself, her partner, in a huff;
His majesty will know her temper time enough.

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